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Every Child To Begin Primary School At age 5

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Every child to begin primary school at age 5 or 6, says Muhammadu

Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu, who is the NCCE boss, recommends that children should begin primary one at the age of five or six years respectively.

Some faculties need to develop for the students to Reason

His recommendation is based on the fact that there are some faculties that needs to be developed for the children to reason, appreciate and get orientation about themselves and their environment in which they find themselves.

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Muhammadu says this in an interview after he was issued award by a non-governmental organisation.

Every Child To Begin Primary one at age 5

His interview statement reads:

“The award is a testimony of my belief in the philosophy of early childhood education.

“This is an opportunity for children that are starters to have a year or two before being enrolled into primary one. Personally, I will like children to start their primary one when they are five or six years old because there are some faculties that have to be developed for them to reason, appreciate and get orientation about themselves and their surroundings. That is the reason why a six-year-old child knows his or her environment.

In child development or psychology, it is expected that the reasoning ability of a child should relate to his physical and mental development, Muhammadu says.

“Some people enrol their child at less than even five years and they make it. But we are saying for a balanced child development as a strategy, six years is a very good period for that child to enrol in primary one so that he or she will spend nine years in basic education.

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“By the time he is going to Senior Secondary School, he is around 15 years and that is very good; have four years of university education and the child will be around 19 or 20 years depending on strikes and other maladjustments.” Muhammadu stressed.

In summary, the NCCE boss wants a child to start school at the age of six or five because he believed there are certain faculties that need to be developed to enable a child learn and reason properly.

What is your take on this? Do you think this recommendation should considered?

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