Grades 7 – 12 (Nigerian equivalent is JSS 1 – SSS 3)
Age Group: 13 – 18 (approximately)
Semesters: Early September to Mid January = Fall Semester; Early February to Late June = Spring Semester
Secondary School covers the final four to six years of compulsory education. In the first years of secondary education, students take compulsory courses, with a few options, but as they advance in the system, students are allowed more options and less compulsory courses. The hope is that by this time, students would have had a good idea of where their interests lay and what their strengths are and start to focus on those. This also prepares them for the job market and makes them more suited to meet the differing entrance requirements of post secondary institutions. When students complete the requisite number of compulsory and optional courses, they are awarded a secondary school diploma.
For students who are good with their hands and would rather pursue a vocational career, vocational programs are offered in most secondary schools. If there are no facilities for that at the school, technical and vocational programs will be offered at a separate dedicated vocational training centre.