Like all Secondary School in Nigeria, Jesuit Memorial College(JMC) strives to implement the Basic School and Senior Secondary School curricular developed by the Nigeria Educational Research and development Council (NERDC). JMC runs three years of Basic School (Basic 7, 8 and 9 classes) and another three years of Senior Secondary School (SS 1-3) as specified on the National policy of Education. JMC offers a wide variety of academic subjects taught by dedicated and professional teaching faculty.

JMC’S Faculty has 48  full time instructors out which 25% hold master’s degree in the subject they teach. Each Faculty staff teaches an average of 18 teaching period per week in a six day circle. Each class period throughout the school. the basic and senior school, is 40 minutes duration.

There is a maximum of twenty-five student in each class and approximately 8:1 student-to-teacher ratio in the college, which fosters an atmosphere of personal attention, cura personalis for every student. This hallmark of Jesuit education where the teacher establishes a personal relationship with students, listens to them in the process of teaching, and draws them toward personal initiative and responsibility for learning is emphases at JMC

In the first three years (the Basic School division), JMC emphasizes the basic skills in the following subjects:

1. English Studies
2. Mathematics
3. Nigerian Language (Igbo L2)
4. French Language
5. Basic Science and Technology

  • Computer Science
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Basic Science
  • Basic Technology

6. pre-Vocational studies (PVS)

  • Home Economics
  • Agriculture and their entrepreneurship

7. Religious and National Values Education (RNVE)

  •  Christian Religious Studies
  •  Civic Education
  •  Security Studies

8.Cultural & Creative arts (CCA)

  • Fine Art
  • Music
  • Drama & Dance

9. Business Studies

The composite subject (Nos 5,6,7 and 8) are not taught by one teacher but as many teachers who have mastery and knowledge of the subject which make up that group. That is to say four teachers teaches the composite subject 5 which is made of four subjects.

Basic 9 student will sit for the basic education Certificate Examination(BECE) organized by the national Examination Council(NECO) these students must obtain at least six credits in the NECO BECE including English Language and Mathematics to be promoted to the senior secondary school.

JMC will rely on the internal examination, i.e. MOCK-Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for the promotion of Basic 9 students to the Senior Secondary School, SSS1. The BECE conducted by the National Examination Council (NECO) will serve as a corroborative examination.

To this end, all Basic 9 students MUST fulfill the following requirements before being promoted to the Senior Secondary School:

  • They MUST obtain at least six credits in the JMC MOCK-BECE and NECO-BECE.
  • The six credits MUST include English and Mathematics.
  • To be promoted to the Science Class (SSS1), they MUST have credit in Mathematics, English Language, Basic Science, Computer Science and Basic Technology in the JMC MOCK-BECE and NECO-BECE.

Senior Secondary School Curriculum

All students in year 4 (SSS1) must do a minimum of 12 subjects and a maximum of 13 subjects. The subjects offered by this college and the possible option groups are as follows:

Compulsory Cross-cutting Core Subjects

1. English Language
2. General Mathematics
3. Computer Studies
4. Civic Education.
5. Catering Craft Practice OR Data Processing OR Fisheries and Animal Husbandry (Trade/Entrepreneurship Subjects).

Compulsory Subjects 

1. Biology.
2. Economics.
3. Christian Religious Studies (CRS).

Optional/ Elective Group are

  •   Literature in English OR Geography OR History
  •  Agricultural Science OR Technical Drawing OR Food and Nutrition
  •  Further Mathematics OR Computer Studies OR Visual Arts
  •  Physics OR Government OR Data Processing
  •  Chemistry OR History OR Computer Studies

The period allocation per subject is shown below:

English languageFive 40 minutes periods
MathematicsFive 40 minutes periods
Civic EducationTwo 40 minutes periods
ICTTwo 40 minutes periods
French LanguageThree 40 minutes periods
Further MathematicsThree 40 minutes periods
Visual ArtsThree 40 minutes periods
Trade/Entrepreneurship subjectsThree 40 minutes periods
Christian Religious StudiesThree 40 minutes periods
EconomicsThree 40 minutes periods
PhysicsFour 40 minutes periods
ChemistryFour 40 minutes periods
BiologyFour 40 minutes periods
GeographyFour 40 minutes periods
Literature-in-EnglishFour 40 minutes periods
HistoryThree 40minutes periods
GovernmentThree 40 minutes periods
Agricultural ScienceThree 40 minutes periods
Technical DrawingThree 40 minutes periods

Only the JMC students who have successfully completed all the required course work, the three weeks of community or service project, the Citizenship and Leadership Training programme, the Kairos retreat, and are found to be worthy in character and learning will be eligible to graduate from the college. Excellence in academic work in JMC is measured by the students obtaining the least acceptable grade of 65% average in all the courses offered. Students who do not meet this minimum standard are placed on Accelerated Academic Assistance programme until they do so.

A student is considered a JMC graduate when he/she receives a JMC diploma. The diploma is an official document from the school which indicates the student’s successful completion of JMC’s required course of study. SS 3 students are eligible for graduation if and only if they have

  • Completed all the Continuous assessment tests and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the NECO-SSCE
  • Are in good discipline standing with the Prefect of Discipline and the Vice-principal(Student’s life)

In addition to the above criteria of excellence in academics and in character, in order to graduate and receive a Jesuit Memorial College diploma, all graduating students are required to participate in the graduation retreat, baccalaureate mass and the graduation ceremony. The JMC’s Graduation Exercises or Graduation Ceremony is the most important event of the school year. This ceremony is a celebration of JMC’s mission and values and the students who have embraced those values over the course of their JMC career. While the diploma connotes the student’s completion of a course of study, the graduation exercises celebrate the fact that this student has come to embody the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation. As a result, participation in the graduation exercises is considered a special privilege reserved for those students whose standing with the school merits public acknowledgement and celebration.