Fr Emeka C. Asogwa, SJ
Fr Emeka C. Asogwa, SJ
At Jesuit Memorial College, ours is a song of gratitude which springs out of the conviction that the future of JMC is indeed bright because of the immense support we receive from the Province Curia, our benefactors, men, women, and cooperate organisation since its establishment in 2013. So far, the first phase of the ongoing construction work is already achieved. We are now on the second phase, which comprises the construction of the boys’ dormitory, science laboratory, sick-bay, playing field, chapel, and classroom block for Senior Secondary School II & III, and the religious communities (Jesuits and Sisters’ residences). One will agree that the current economic downturn in the country poses a big challenge to any construction of this magnitude. But as the Tortoise says to his children: patience and hard work are important virtues because whatever is hot today will definitely cool off someday! As an institution, we need this wise word as we navigate this turbulent time of infrastructural development amidst economic hardship.
So far, the work at the new boys’ dormitory is fully completed (since October 2016), with a modern gas-powered hot-water-shower in place, first of its kind in the Province. The project has so far cost JMC about half a Billion Naira.
More so, the work at the Science block and Senior Secondary II and III classroom blocks are equally completed. The painting of these two blocks are ongoing at present. Notably, we have so far spent about two hundred million naira for the two buildings. Apart from these major construction works in boys dormitory, science and class room blocks, there a tremendous structural, and human development within the period under review. Some of these include: an additional students’ toilet block, a three bedroom farm house, a link walkway connecting all the JMC classroom and laboratory buildings, and a ramp for handicap (wheelchair access), in view to navigating the entire blocks at ease. Also, we have acquired numerous appliances like projectors for all the classrooms, computers for the second ICT laboratory, science and basic technology equipment, and a gradual stocking of the Library with recommended and required texts books.
Unarguably, our elders say that when a squirrel eats ripe palm fruits, it usually puts its tail on an unripe ones, hence we anxiously gather momentum (financial readiness) to commencing the construction of the JMC multi-purpose hall. This will enable us mange the impending space crisis which we may encounter next academic session (September 2017) when the new Basic 7 (class of 2023) will join the JMC community. Clearly, the multi-purpose hall is indeed very important at this stage of our structural development given the space constraints we now encounter with regards to worship space and social events (visiting Sundays). The dining hall which so far has served us as a dining space, worship space and social gathering arena will be overstretched in terms of its original capacity by the next academic session. Some of the construction works in this phase II, like the athletic sport complex, clinic, and Jesuits and Sisters’ residences hope take off once the construction of the multi-purpose hall is completed.
Aside the JMC structural development, our staff improvement and just remuneration plans require adequate attention. The current economic difficulty facing Nigeria makes it obvious that our staff deserve more than we currently pay them if we hope to retain our competent staff in view to enhancing students’ performances in internal and external exams. In the same vein, JMC management feel our mission as Jesuits remains inadequate and sectorial if the yelling of the poor and needy in our society is not given due consideration. Notably, a good portion of our society still live below the poverty line. As such, tuition in JMC, though relatively lower than what other private schools in this region charge, is beyond reach to many children from poor income families. Hence, the NEED- BASED-SCHOLARSHIP scheme of 100 Million Naira becomes paramount important on our next year planning in view to enabling children from low and poor income families benefit from our Jesuit education.
On the population growth, JMC is currently accepting the candidates for the next academic year (class of 2023). So far the enrolment processes are on the way after a successful entrance exams last month. At present over eighty students have accepted the provisional admission into Basic 7. However, the current population of JMC community (JMC students, Loyola academy pupils, staff, and support staff) is put at 360 secondary school students, 67 primary school pupils, and 143 staff. No doubt, JMC barely three years old has metamorphosed into a prominent Jesuit high school around the State and beyond. For instance, in the last May/June 2016 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), two JMC students scored thirteen straight A’s, out of fourteen registered subjects. Notably, the two students were tripped by Igbo language where both of them scored a credit each. In general JMC students recorded a 100% pass in the BECE, 2016. The current 2017 BECE is currently ongoing and we hope for a remarkable outing for our students. We conclude on a happy note that one of the JMC students was the overall national best debater in the just concluded OANDO Teen Can Cook competition organized in Lagos. In the same vein, two of our students scored 100 and 96 percent respectively in this year COWBELLPEDIA Mathematics Competition, thus qualified to represent Rivers State in the national level. The achievement so far seen is a ‘Hopeful’sign, because as Jesuits, magis is our watch word, always ‘rowing into the deep,’ hence we believe that in JMC there are better days ahead, because we are indeed Hope RE-BORN!
Fr Ese S. Ehwerherume, SJ.
Welcome to Jesuit Memorial College (JMC), Port Harcourt, Nigeria. JMC is a Catholic co-educational boarding secondary school. Owned and run by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), it is open to all irrespective of religion, ethnicity, nationality or race. Its vision and mission are founded on the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. JMC was founded in October 2013 in memory of 60 students of Loyola Jesuit College (LJC), Abuja, Nigeria who died in Sosoliso plane crash of 10 December 2005.
JMC provides a well-rounded education in terms of conscience, competence, compassion, and commitment. At graduation at the end of Senior Secondary 3 (SS 3) – that is, Grade 12 – we expect our students to be open to growth, intellectually competent, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice.
We admit students into Junior Secondary 1 (JS 1) – that is, Grade 7 – only. That way, at graduation, they will have spent six years in the school. Our entrance examination holds on the second Saturday of February every year. Candidates should be in Primary 6 – that is, Grade 6 – and turn 11 years, at least, in age in the year of admission. They are tested in English Language and Mathematics. The examination is based on the curricula developed by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) for Basic 4-6. JMC has examination centres in several cities in Nigeria and abroad. We offer admission to all candidates who meet our admission criteria for the year. Religion, ethnicity, nationality, race and gender are not factors in our admission process.
Education at JMC is of a high standard. The relatively few students who make it through our thorough admission process (we admit about 100 students out of about 1000 candidates) experience with all its rigours an education that touches every aspect of their lives: intellectual, moral, religious, physical, and so on.
Our education is demanding not only on the students but also on the staff, management and parents of students. It is my duty as principal to eliminate or, at least, bring to a minimum anything that is likely to get in the way of the education of any of our students. Eliminating or reducing potentially negative elements in this way means asking everyone involved to make sacrifices, some of which are quite painful but certainly bearable. For instance, as soon as school resumes, we do not allow students to go home until it is time for a holiday: Christmas holiday, Easter holiday and long holiday in July. This means that JMC students participate in out-of-school engagements (visa processes, anniversaries, routine medical care, etc.) during holiday only. The policy guarantees that no student misses any aspect of the holistic education we provide.
If you are thinking of a world-class secondary school for your child or a secondary school with high achievers where you can effectively exercise your expertise as a staff (teaching or non-teaching), then consider JMC.
You can reach us with the information on the contact page of this website. You may also want to like/follow me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jmcprincipal.
Fr Ese S. Ehwerherume, SJ
(2017 to date)