An English examination written in the Western Region of Nigeria in 1953 has surfaced on Twitter.
A Nigerian man, @OtunMuri, posted the examination paper, which has received a lot of attention.
The exam paper written by standard six pupils has gone viral.
The examination was written by standard six pupils who were about to graduate from what is today known as primary school.
It was the primary school leaving certificate examination.
As seen on Twitter, the first question in the paper required the pupils to write a letter to a friend in another town.
The second question asked the pupils to write a formal letter applying for an advertised position.
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Another interesting question asked the pupils to write a story about a marriage ceremony, the school sports or an interesting journey.
Posting the questions, Otun joked that some degree holders of today might not be able to answer the questions. He said: “1953 Standard Six Examination Question. Some Bachelor degree holder of today may not answer the question satisfactorily.”
See his full tweet below:
1953 Standard Six Examination Question.
Some Bachelor degree holder of today may not answer the question satisfactorily… pic.twitter.com/wsozp0Vj6f
— Mr Right (@OtunMuri) March 6, 2023
Reactions from Twitter users @OhiDerek1 said: “Examination by the colonialists for the colonised, similar pattern continued till late seventies. The questions are interesting, and the question paper should be valued antiquity.”
@Ti_Morighanfen commented: “I’ve been writing letters from my primary school days. You can’t attend boarding school and not know how to write letters in my days where there were no access to phones.”