NCCE Standard Age for Children to Start Primary 1 in Nigeria

National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) Announces that the Standard Age for Children to Start Primary One (1) Education in Nigeria is Five (5) or Six (6) Years.

The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu has advocated that children should start their primary one at the age of five or six.


He explained that this will provide more time for some faculties that had to be developed for the children to reason, appreciate and get an orientation about themselves and their surroundings.
Children should start primary one at age 5 or 6 - NCCE boss

He remarked, 

“Some people enrol their child at less than even five years and they make it. But we are saying for 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.

“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.”