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JSS3 Scheme of Work

The Junior Secondary School 3 (JSS3)  Unified Scheme of Work by the Lagos State Govt. and National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools(NAPPS) in Nigeria serves as a guideline for educators to plan and execute teaching activities throughout the academic year and to prepare for BECE.

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In Nigeria, the third year of junior secondary education, known as JSS3, signifies the final stage of junior secondary school and ushers students into senior secondary school. During this stage, students explore various topics in greater detail, expanding upon the topics covered in JSS2.  Also, this scheme is carefully designed to provide the requirements of students for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

This scheme of work helps J.S.S.3 students in Nigeria at a very important time in getting ready for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is an examination given to students in their last year of Junior Secondary School. It’s a way for them to move from JSS3 to Senior Secondary School. Passing the BECE gives students a certificate that replaces their primary school certificate as their first official school leaving certificate. 

When students are in JSS3, they’re getting ready to move on to higher levels of school. So, it’s super important to make sure they have all the right knowledge and skills to do well not just now, but in the future too. This scheme of work is like a map for teachers, helping them teach different subjects in a way that matches what students need to learn according to the Nigerian educational rules.

The unified scheme of work contains syllabi of various subjects required for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). It also contains lesson plans, assessment methods, and teaching methodologies which are strategic for effective teaching and learning.

JSS3 Subjects

The Lagos State  Scheme of Work typically covers a range of subjects taught in primary and secondary schools within the state. There are 12 subjects covered by the unified scheme with French being optional.

The unified scheme is augmented by the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) scheme of work which offers additional subjects including the Nigerian Languages (Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa) and Security Education. It complements the Unified Scheme by adding several subjects which are not in the unified scheme. The subjects include:

  • English Language
  • Literature in English
  • Mathematics
  • Basic Science
  • Basic Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Civic Education
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Cultural and Creative Arts
  • Computer Studies/ICT
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Security Education
  • History
  • French Language (where applicable)
  • Islamic Religious Studies (IRS)/Christian Religious Studies (CRS).
  • Yoruba
  • Igbo
  • Hausa

In addition, educational resources such as mobile learning devices, and e-books for secondary school students were made available to enhance learning and boost productivity

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Frequently Asked Questions About JSS3 Scheme of Work

What is the maximum number of subjects to be taken in JSS3?

A maximum of 15 subjects are to be taken in Junior secondary school, JSS 3.

How many subjects are compulsory in the  Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)?

There are eleven (11) compulsory subjects in the BECE.

What are the compulsory subjects for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)?
  • They include i. Mathematics vii. Business Studies ii. Basic Science & Technology viii. French iii. Nigerian Languages (Yoruba/Igbo/Hausa) ix. National Value on Education (NVE) iv. CRK/IRK x. Pre-Vocational Studies (PVS) v. Cultural & Creative Arts xi. Arabic (Optional) vi. English Studies xii. History.
How many subjects are in the unified scheme of work?

There are 12 subjects covered by the unified scheme with French being optional.

Is every school allowed to take the BECE?

While each state of the federation and the FCT conducts the BECE for their candidates, NECO conducts it for Federal Unity Colleges and other allied institutions. Interested private secondary schools also take the examination, provided they are permitted by their States Ministries of Education. BECE certificate replaces the primary school certificate as the first school leaving certificate.

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