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Children should start school at 5 to 6 years of age – NCCE boss

by Amadu Victor
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According to report reaching oyogist.com, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu, has reportedly opined that children should be starting their primary education at the age of five to six years.

Prof. Bappa made this known while addressing newsmen in Abuja after the conferment of an award on him by a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). He noted that there were some faculties that have to be developed for children to reason, appreciate and get orientation about themselves and their surroundings.

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


“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.

Prof. Bappa also noted that by the time the child gets to secondary school, the child would be around 15 yrs and also at the time of entering university, the child would be around 19 to 20 yrs of age.

“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.”

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