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WAEC Syllabus for Home Management

WAEC Syllabus for Home Management. WAEC Syllabus for Home Management is available for all candidates who want to participate in the examination. The West African examination council (WAEC) has officially introduced a syllabus that will guide all the WAEC candidates who wish to write the WAEC examination this year. For a very successful WAEC Home Management examination for this year, you need to check out the available areas of concentration. It has been divided into sections with chapters, followed by the topics to be covered in preparation for the exams. In the WAEC Syllabus for Home Management, you will also see the format of how the WAEC Home Management questions will be presented. Jamb form 

There are 3 sections to answer questions from. Paper 1 is Objective and paper 2 contains essay questions while paper 3 is practical section. Where paper one (1) carries 1 hour for 50 marks; paper two (2) carries 1 hour 15minutes for 50 marks paper three (3) 100 marks for 3hours.

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WAEC Syllabus for Home Management

This WAEC syllabus is for both the O’level WAEC and General Certificate Examination (GCE) candidates. Final year students in the senior secondary school level and external candidates are eligible to make use of this syllabus and prepare ahead of the examination. WAEC Syllabus for Home Management

See the full detailed information concerning the WAEC Home Management Syllabus below.


Objectives for testing candidates in Home Management at the senior high school level include to assess their knowledge, understanding, appreciation and application of

(a)        management concepts; goals, values, standards and needs;

(b)        decision – making processes;

(c)        human and material resources available for managing a home;

(d)       basic skills needed in caring for the home and society;

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(e)       consumer skills;

(f)        sound health practices;

(g)        self-reliant skills for effective living .


There will be three papers, Papers 1, 2, and 3 all of which must be taken. Papers 1 and 2 will be a composite paper to be taken at one sitting.

Paper 1: This will comprise fifty multiple choice objective questions, all of which are to be answered in 1 hour for 50 marks.

Paper 2: This will comprise six essay questions out of which candidates will be required to answer four within 1 hour 15minutes for 50 marks.

Paper 3: This will be a 3 hour practical test of three hours which will be conducted by a visiting examiner that will be appointed by WAEC. This paper will carry 100 marks.




1.1    Definition of Home


1.2    Careers in Home



1.3   The Management Process


1.3.2  Application of process to

Specific tasks


1.4   Motivations for Home Management








1.5   Family Resources








1.6 Decision–making


1.7   Management of time and Energy








(a)   Planning

(b)   Organization

(c)    Implementation

(d)    Evaluation


(a)    Personal characteristics

(b)    Values

(c)     Goals

(d)    Standards

(e)    Needs

(f)    Events

(g)     Events


(a)     Definition

(b)     Characteristics

(c)     Kinds – Human (time energy

skill, work simplification as it

applies to the home)

– Non-human/material

–  community




(a)      Definition

(b)      Process





2.1   The family




























2.2    Courtship and marriage
















(a)        Definition

(b)        Types – nuclear,

Monogamous, Polygamous

–          Extended

–          Advantages and

–          disadvantages of each type

–           family.


(c)    Family life cycle – beginning,

Expanding, contracting and

Empty –nest.


(d)    Functions of the family

(e)    Roles and responsibilities of family

Members (e.g. mother, father,

Children, working mothers, single

Parent etc.

(f)      Family relationship (e.g. husband

and wife, parent/child,

sibling/sibling, nuclear and

extended families.

(i)    Factors affecting family

Relationship, e.g. communication,

Family values.

(ii)   The effect of these relations on

Well being

(iii)   conflict and conflict resolution


(a)        Types of marriage

(b)         Boy/Girl relationship – definition


– traditional/custom

– guidelines for

healthy boy/girl





          –  problems of unhealthy boy/girl relationship –  Consequences of Indiscriminate sexual Indulgence –   sex education

(c)      Choosing a life partner

(i)     factors to consider when

choosing a partner e.g.

blood group, geno-type,

HIV status.

(ii)    dating, courtship, engagement











(d)     Preparation for marriage,

(i)   Readiness – where to live,

Maturity, finances

(ii)   Introduction to each other’s Family

(e)    Marriage Ceremony – Marriage

Ceremony in different locality.

(a)     Preparation for parenthood

(i)     Planning a family

(ii)     Reproduction

(iii)     Pregnancy

(iv)    Ante-natal care

(b)      Child birth

(i)     labour

(ii)    delivery

(iii)   post-natal care –


(C)       Parenting

(i)    meaning

(ii)    importance

(iii)    responsibilities

–      provision of needs

–     bathing




3.       Feeding the family


3.1     Classes of food and food nutrients.

3.2     Scientific study of good nutrients

3.3     Effect of heat on nutrients

3.4     Special nutrition needs of infants,

toddlers, adolescents, adults,

pregnant women, lactating

women the aged, convalescents

invalids and vegetarians.

3.5      Foods storage and preservation.

3.6      Planning of balanced meals for

different groups of people.

3.7      Kitchen plan, hygiene and safely.

3.8      Food purchasing

3.9      Preparation and serving of    means,

Snacks and beverages.

3.10    Entertainment




4.1       Clothing

4.2       Household linen

4.3       Textiles

4.4       Fabric construction

4.5       Planning a wardrobe

4.6       Maintenance of clothing

4.7       Sewing equipment and tools

4.8       Sewing processes

4.9       Storage of clothing

















5.1      Family house


5.2      Choosing family house

















5.3      Setting up a home













(i)   cooking terms and methods

(ii)  flour and flour mixtures

(iii) cooking equipment, utensils and tablewares

(iv)   table setting and service

Meaning, types, functions

Origin of fibres

Classification of fibres/fabrics

Weaving, knitting, crocheting etc.



(i)     Simple garment repairs

(ii)    Laundry agents – water,

Detergents, fabric rinses,

Stiffening agents, bleaches

(iii)    Laundry equipment and tools

(iv)    Laundry work – management of

the family wash


Stains and stain removal

Care of special garments

(a)  Definition of House

(b)  Types of House e.g. storey

building, bungalow, duplex  etc

(c)  Classification of Houses e.g.

traditional and modern

(a)   acquiring a house

(i)    Renting

(ii)   Mortgage

(iii)   Building

(iv)   Buying

(v)   inheritance

(vi)   Gift


(b)    Factors influencing the

choice of a house

(i)     Economic

(ii)    Social

(iii)    Psychological

(iv)    sites

(v)     ventilation in the       house

(vi)    Design

(c)     Guideline for choosing a family house

(a)   Definition

Difference between a home

and a house

(b)   Equipment and furnishing in

The Home

Types –   Large and small


–          Hard and soft





5.4    Home Improvement/Interior













5.5     Utilities in the home














5.6     Simple home maintenance and





































5.7     Safety measures in the home

















6.     Wealth Creation and Management


6.1   Creativity and Entrepreneurship

6.2  Money Management

6.3.     Wealth Creation


6.4     Capital Market Investment

7.     Consumer Education


7.1     Definition and Importance

Consumer education

7.2     Rights and responsibilities of a


7.3     Consumer Information


7.4     Consumer Legislation and




7.5     Principles of consumer


7.6     Consumer Agents



7.7     Environmental Friendly

Consumption practice


7.8     Purchasing practices


(a)   meaning and importance

(b)   element and principles of art

and design and their application

(i)   colours

(ii)   Textures

(iii)   Lines

(iv)    Proportion

(v)    Rythme etc.

(c)  Guidelines for interior decoration

(d)   Flower arrangements.

(a)   Water  –  Sources, uses

Purification, storage

(b)    Light   –   electricity – meter reading,

Electric bill

(c )  Fuels   –   uses, storage, control,




(i)      cooking gas

(ii)     kerosene

(iii)     fire wood

(iv)     charcoal

(v)     electricity


(a)   cleaning agents and materials

– identification, preparation and use

of local and commercial cleaning



(i)     water

(ii)     soaps

(iii)      abrasives

(iv)      polishes

(b)    cleaning equipment and tools

(c)    care of surfaces

– wood

– tile

–  formica

–  concrete

–  plastic etc.

(d)    Care of floors/floor coverings/


–          Carpets

–          Linoleums

–          Mats

–          Rugs

–          terrazzo

–          parquet etc

(e)  Care of home furnishing and ornaments

–          ceramics

–          metals

–          collage etc.

(f)   Cleaning of different functional

areas in the home

(g)   Bed making


(a)   importance

(b)   common accidents

(c)   prevention

(d)   use of first aid

(a)   Definition

(b)   Importance of sanitation

(c)    Waste disposal

–   House hold waste

–   Drainage system

–   Disposal methods

–   pollution and health hazards.

(d)   Household pests

(i)   Types

(ii)    Control

(a)    Meaning

(b)     Importance

(c )    Relationship between creativity

and entrepreneurship

(d)    Entrepreneurial skills

(i)    Creativity

(ii)   Management

(iii)   Communication

(e)     Entrepreneurial Activities/ Enterprises

(i)   Fashion designing

(ii)   Hair dressing

(iii)    Fast Foods

(iv)   Bead making etc.

(a)    Meaning

(b)    Guidelines

(c)    processes

(d)    Family budget – income

Expenditure, steps in budgeting


(a)     Meaning

(b)     Types

(c )     Advantages

(d)      Ways of creating wealth e.g.

Saving, investment, trading etc.

(a)     Meaning

(b)      Advantages

(c)       Guidelines

(c)     Investment opportunities e.g.

Stocks, shares, treasury bill.

(a)     sources

(b)     Uses

(a)     Types

(b)      Functions

(c )     Regulations of agencies

(a)     Types

(b)     Functions

(a)   (i)  Market and market survey

(ii)  Meaning

(iii)  Types

(iv)  Uses/importance

(v)Procedures for market survey

(b)    Wise purchasing practices

(c)     Prevention of wastage in the home.




  1. Home Management by R.O. Johnson, A. Akingbehin and J. Mifie publishers: Longman
  2. Home Management for secondary Schools Enid O’Reilly Wright & Lillian

Adesimi – Davies Publishers – Evans Brothers Ltd.

  1. Home Management for Secondary Schools 1-3by Mary Edna Aufani Joe, Oby Eyisi et al. Publishers- University Press Plc.
  2. Home Management for Secondary Schools 1005 OQ & A Series by Elizabeth Anyakoha publisher-Fep Publisher Ltd.

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