In Nigeria, the education system is graded as 6-3-3-4. Although, some children have passed their examinations into Secondary school from year 5; year Six is putting the icing on the cake. With year six, pupils get more value out of education and learn more.
According to Ms Esther, a teacher in Lagos, A child must be mentally mature before crossing to secondary school; if not, the child will not be able to cope.
Below are a few points one needs to consider to avoid Inherent dangers of skipping year 6
1. We need to weigh the maturity of the child.
Getting pupils into secondary school before they are 10 or 11 may make parents feel happy, but educationists complain that many of such children are unable to cope with the rigors of secondary education.
The key question for parents is “why make an A student in Year 5, a C student in Year 7?”
“Maturity in terms of academics is different from maturity in psychology. In terms of making friends – interpersonal relationship; it is better for a child to leave primary school when he or she is fully mature academically, physically, and psychologically so that when they get to secondary school they will have adequate preparation.
2. Is the child’s foundation for the next stage strong?
Developmental scientists, observed that the child’s development follows a path of successive stages, each with its own particular needs and dispositions—cognitive, social, physical, moral and emotional; and much occurs during each plane as preparation for the succeeding one. It follows then that the more fully the child realizes his potential in each plane, the stronger the foundation for the next stage of development.
3. Year 6 can be thought of as the “capstone” of primary learning.
It is literally the “finishing stone of a structure,” it is also the “culminating academic experience for students.”
This is truly where all the pieces come together, where the child’s learning is solidified, his knowledge consolidated, as new possibilities for growth and learning begin to emerge.
Year 6 the year of consolidation, leadership, and readiness for the next phase(Secondary school)—is of paramount importance to the child’s optimal realization of possibilities and development. We should regard it as a crucial step in the educational process. Skipping this phase affects the total readiness of a child in Year 7.