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2022 JSCE/BECE English Studies Essay Past Questions 1

(329 words)

8, Ogundaro Lane,
Lagos State.
23rd March, 2023.

Dear Mary,

I am so sorry to hear about the death of your beloved uncle. How are you and your family coping with the loss? I pray God will help your family through this difficult time. I remember meeting him last year when he came to watch you run the 200-meter race at our School’s Interhouse Sports Games, he was a lovely man.

I know he was helping you pay your school fees. His death could affect your life, especially your education but don’t think this way. I don’t know if you have any ideas for getting your school fees paid but I have been thinking and have some. I know you come from a large family and most of them have good jobs and careers, I believe this shows they see value in Education. I’m sure when you come together as a family you will hear some good plans for your Education and paying your school fees.

My parents have also offered to help you, they see you as their daughter and will love to help with permission from your family. I know my mother has already sent a letter to your father requesting a meeting with your extended family to discuss your matter. So please, I know it is hard but everything will be fine.

You are a very intelligent girl, I know you can get scholarships – you have to apply. My older sister applied for a scholarship and got it. She has said she will gladly help you apply for yours.

In the meantime, I think it is a good idea for you to see our School’s Guidance Counsellor. He always has such good advice for both Education and just life. He can be helpful to you right now. I would love to come to visit you so I can make you do something fun like go swimming. Hope to see you soon and God Bless!


Your  Friend,

2022 JSCE/BECE English Studies Essay Past Question 2

(393 words)

What I plan to do after the Basic Education Certificate Examination

I know the Basic Education Certificate Examination is very important and useful because it helps us students know our strong subjects as well as the subjects we need to work harder on – in order for us to choose our career path. It can also be used to apply to vocational schools in Ghana and Nigeria, to learn things like event planning and electrical repairs. Also, if you want to go to a different School for your Senior Secondary Education – you need your Basic Education Certificate Examination result to apply. Junior Secondary School students get to write this Certification exam at the end of their JSS3 year after completing JSS1 and JSS2. Our certificates will be available a couple of months after we have written our final exam on the timetable.

My plan is to become a Lawyer, so it is important I do well in the art subjects like English Language, Civic Education, Social Studies and so on, so I can be selected for the Arts class and also be a good student. I want to start learning what it’s like to be a Lawyer, my mother found a Summer job for me through our Women’s Church Group. I will be working at a Law Firm in Lekki in Lagos State for one month during the holiday, so I really need to do well on this exam because I will be showing them my certificate on my first day at the Firm.

I know Senior Secondary School will be challenging, so I plan on getting many tips from all the Professionals I will meet and also I will continue to study very hard to make sure to do well in subjects like Government, Literature-in-English and even English Language – this wouldn’t be a problem though because I love reading and learning new things. I want to make sure I do well in all the exams I need to qualify to study Law at University.

I plan on getting a First Class in Law at the University Level, to help ensure I get a good, well-paying job in a reputable Law firm in Lagos. The Basic Education Certificate Examination is the first serious step I can take towards achieving my career dreams and I pray God helps me pass my Exams with flying colours.

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