Overview

Jesuit Memorial College runs a six-year programme: three years of junior secondary education (JS 1-3) and three years of senior secondary education (SS 1-3). This is in line with the prescriptions of the Federal Ministry of Education. Our students begin JS 1 when they are 10 – 12 years old and graduate when they are 16 – 18.

JMC has five academic departments: Department of Arts, Department of Science, Department of Social Science, Department of Technology and Department of Vocational Studies. The heads of departments (HODs) report directly to the Vice Principal (Academics). Each department is subdivided into 3 – 5 units. The heads of units (HOUs) report directly to the HODs.

We have 68 qualified teachers. All but two of them teach full time. There are six library staff, three counsellors, three non-teaching ICT staff, two examination staff and a laboratory scientist, all qualified and full time. Teachers have a maximum of 20 teaching periods every week; the vast majority teach 18 periods or fewer. The duration of a teaching period is 40 minutes.

Each of the six years (JS 1 – SS 3) has four classes, lettered A – D. A class teacher is assigned to each class. Thus, there are four class teachers in JS 1, four in JS 2 and so on. Each class teacher has an assistant. Class teachers and their assistants meet with their classes every school day. They are the first line of support in the pastoral and personal care of each student. Parents are encouraged to maintain regular communication with their child’s class teacher.

Our student population is presently 521, with slightly more boys than girls. This means a teacher-student ratio of 1:8. We have 24 classrooms, each of which is designed for 30 students. However, our classes have 25 students or fewer.