Have you seen the video of Nana Frimpong, the 12-year-old boy reading science at Presec Legon? Well, it is already a viral video and we provide more insight into this story here.
The ability of a JHS1 student to write and pass the BECE at age 12 and end up in PRESEC Legon as a science student has marveled many. More importantly, it has been seen as a challenge for JHS2 and JHS3 students who struggle with their studies and hardly make grade one in their entire junior high school education.
Nana Frimpong has become the talk of town, and everyone is amazed, including those who think he should have been allowed to go through the JHS system from Form 1 to 3.
The smart 12-year-old PRESEC student went viral recently, and his story has sparked heated debate on social media.
In the viral video sighted by Educationblog, he revealed how he managed to make 7-ones; however, a cross-section of Ghanaians have argued against students being made to jump classes just to complete school because these students are deemed to be brilliant.
The reality is that, leaners like him who are 12 years old are current in either Primary 6 and JHS1-JHS3.
He was a student at Nkoranza D/A JHS prior to his BECE success. His ambition in life is to become a surgeon.
According to those who are not enthused about his success, Nana Frimpong was made to skip classes, which can affect his mental and emotional development. According to this cross-section of society, there is a need for parents to allow their children to go through the school system without rushing them.
Others have also argued that the student might have been transferred from a private school to Nkoranza D/A JHS just for the examination and that, public schools cannot produce such quality students in JHS if they have not already had solid foundation in a private school.
This concern aligns with the recent decision by the Ghana Education Service to fish out all JHS1 and JHS2 students who were registered for the 2023 BECE. Such students, according to the GES, skipped classes to write the examination, and it was going to penalize them by denying them access to Free SHS.
The move to deny them access to Free SHS in itself is contrary to the rights of the child to education and will be a wrong, slippery path for the GES if it goes ahead with this decision.
Meet Nana Frimpong 12-year-old boy reading science at Presec Legon (VIDEO)
Benefits and dangers of skipping classes for brilliant students in basic school
- More challenging learning environment: Brilliant students who are bored in their current grade may benefit from skipping a grade and being placed in a more challenging learning environment. This can help them stay engaged and motivated in their studies.
- Accelerated progress: Skipping a grade can allow brilliant students to accelerate their academic progress and reach their full potential. This can be especially beneficial for students who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM fields, where advanced education and training are often required.
- Increased self-confidence: Skipping a grade can also boost a student’s self-confidence and sense of accomplishment. When a student is able to succeed in a more challenging environment, it shows them that they are capable of great things.
- Academic pressure: Skipping a grade can put additional academic pressure on students. They may be expected to learn new material more quickly and perform at a higher level than their classmates. This can be stressful and overwhelming for some students.
- Social and emotional challenges: Skipping a grade can also lead to social and emotional challenges for students. They may be younger than their classmates and feel like they don’t fit in. They may also miss out on important developmental milestones, such as forming close friendships.
- Increased risk of burnout: Skipping a grade can also increase the risk of student burnout. If students are constantly challenged and never have a chance to relax and unwind, they may become overwhelmed and lose interest in learning.
There are both benefits and dangers to skipping classes for brilliant students in basic school. It is important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision. Parents should work with their child’s school to develop a plan that is best for their individual needs.
Things to consider when deciding whether or not to allow your child to skip a grade or class
- Your child’s academic performance: Is your child performing significantly above grade level in all or most of their subjects?
- Your child’s social and emotional maturity: Is your child emotionally prepared to be younger than their classmates?
- Your child’s learning style: Does your child learn best in a challenging environment?
- Your child’s school’s support system: Does your child’s school have programmes in place to support students who have skipped a grade?
If you are considering allowing your child to skip a grade, it is important to talk to their teacher and head teacher. Parents must be involved as well. They can help assess a child’s readiness and develop a plan that is best for their individual needs.
What are your personal thoughts on Nana Frimpong, the 12-year-old boy reading science at Presec Legon?