Classes fall within one of three departments (some schools have the fourth)—
- Technical (this department is available in some schools, but not all schools)
Some schools introduce students to all the departments when they are in Senior Secondary School One (SSS1). Students choose departments based on their strongest points and their Junior Secondary School results. For all the departments, credits in Mathematics, English Language, Economics and one national language are compulsory. The most mandatory Science subjects are Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The most important subjects in the Commerce department are Accounts and Commerce, while those in the Art department are Government and Literature-in-English.
Important Questions to ask yourself before choosing a department
- What subjects were you better at in junior secondary? Most science students loved Integrated Science and Mathematics in junior secondary, while the students in the art department were more interested in Social Studies and Literature. Though there’s no fast rule to this, it may guide you.
- What do you want to be in the future? Your career choice will influence your department choice, for instance, if you want to be a medical doctor, you have to be in the Science department; if you want to be an accountant, consider the Commerce department.
- What are your hobbies? Hobbies are also important in determining both a career and subject choice. It is advised that students select courses along the lines of their hobbies. For instance, if you like painting, it would be great to learn more about it in the Fine Art department.
- If after these you still can’t decide, talk to your Guidance and Counseling Officer.