Can Civic Education replace Government

Can Civic Education replace Government

Can Civic Education replace Government: Many questions are based on this topic such as Can I replace civic education with Government? this question is mainly asked by WAEC or SSS 1-3 students. Actually, it was recently that Waec introduces Civic Education into the Senior Secondary Curriculum Syllabus.

Nkedugists is here to answer the question because we have gathered information from great scholars, lecturers, and teachers about this issue. Now let’s get started with some hints before will let the cat out of the bag.

Civic Education

What is the meaning of civic education? It is a public, socially-oriented system of continuous education and upbringing aimed at building civic competence, and democratic culture, and satisfying the needs for socialization in the interests of the individual, civil society, and the rule of law. Let us find out its importance in modern Nigerian society.

What are the components of Civic education?

The main components of civic education are:

  1. Human rights education.
  2. Teaching a culture of peace.
  3. Education of tolerance.
  4. Development of intersectoral social partnerships.
  5. Management of self-governing associations of citizens.

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

Citizenship Right

  • Freedom to express yourself.
  • Freedom to worship as you wish.
  • Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury.
  • Right to vote in elections for public officials.
  • Right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship.
  • Right to run for elected office.
  • Freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Responsibilities of a Citizen

  • Support and defend the Constitution.
  • Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
  • Participate in the democratic process.
  • Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
  • Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
  • Participate in your local community.
  • Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
  • Serve on a jury when called upon.
  • Defend the country if the need should arise.

Civic education is an important and effective tool that facilitates the participation of citizens in democratic processes and development processes. This tool helps citizens speak both on their own behalf and within a certain group. Civic participation is built on the protection of individual and collective rights and on ensuring an understanding of the obligations of each citizen to the society of which he/she is a part.



Government affects all aspects of people’s lives. What we eat, where we go to school, what kind of education we receive, and how our tax money is spent.

In fact, even what we do in our free time is somewhat affected by governments. Nigerians and citizens of many other countries are often unaware of the pervasiveness of government in their everyday lives, and many are unsure of precisely what it does.

Features of Government

Given below are the major characteristics and features of the government in a state:

  • Constitution: This is a major characteristic of a government. The government makes a set of agreed rules which guides it in the administration of the state.
  • Periodic Change: A government is meant to change after a specific period of time. No government is permanent, particularly a democratic or elective government which changes through periods of elections.
  • Legitimacy: A government must enjoy the support of the people.
  • Revenue: The government makes revenue in different ways to enhance its administration.
  • Political Power: The government must possess political power which is a tool for rooting orderliness in a state.
  • Universality of Government’s Reach: The jurisdiction of the government must reach or extend to everyone within the state.
  • Public Institutions: The institutions comprising the government of a political society, differ from the other institutions within the society.

Functions Of Government

  1. Law Making
  2. Military defense of the country
  3. Provision of employment
  4. Maintenance of law and order
  5. Promotion of economic growth and development
  6. Maintaining good relations with other sovereign states or countries (foreign diplomacy)
  7. Protection of civil liberties
  8. Protection of lives and properties
  9. Administration of justice
  10. Formulation and implementation of policies
  11. Provision of social-welfare services


Can Civic Education replace Government the Answer is NO If you are a student who is confused about choosing your nine Waec subject especially thinking about how to replace Government with Civic Education or replacing Civic Education with Government, then you are making a wrong decision?

Nkedugists advise all Art students or commercial students not to make the mistake of thinking that Civic is Government what you need to do is to choose both subjects among your nine subjects. Civic Education is Moral Citizenship Education while Government is Political awareness Education so both work together.

If you don’t mind can you tell us what is your own WAEC Subject Combination looks like. What’s your take on this? drop your comments in the comment box below.

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