In 1962, Lady Eudora Olayinka Ibiam was first lady of Eastern Nigeria and she brought together women from all the major churches to be United Church Women, Enugu. This was the same time that her husband almost succeeded in setting up the United Church of Eastern Nigeria. Dr. Francis Akanu Ibiam was at that time a vice president of the World Council of Churches and together they travelled throughout Africa and had the chance of seeing newly established development projects. Out of this background, Lady Ibiam and her United Church Women established a vocational school for women from the rural areas to train them in family health, nutrition and leadership. The school was known as Ecumenical Centre for Vocational Education. The school was funded by social foreign groups. The first Principal came from Germany. The school was popular and trained the women to a high level in Cookery, Sewing, Shorthand and Typing. The School buildings were seriously destroyed during the Biafran war and Lady Ibiam had to use all her connection to rebuild the damaged property and add more buildings. When Lady Ibaim died, the mantle fell on Chief Mrs. Janet Mokelu – the first woman parliamentarian. Under Chief Mokelu, the school continued to the end of the century. As needs changed, rural women no longer needed to come to Enugu as most areas had their own vocational school, so the school continued as a Business School. In 1997, the state education system had deteriorated and the State Government disengaged all “non indigenes” from their employment resulting in a serious lack of staff in the state schools and a glut of quality teachers on the job market. Then the United Church Women Management Committee was under the leadership of Elder Mrs Ori Uko who took the decision to convert the school to a Girls’ Secondary Boarding School. She was determined to run it at a high standard with moderate fees. Thus the then, Lady Ibiam Memorial Ecumenical Leadership Training Centre became the Lady Ibiam Memorial Ecumenical Girls Secondary School. Today, it is the Lady Ibiam Girls Secondary School. An Education Sub-Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Mrs Hazel Kalu with Lady Jane Ndukwe an experienced retired teachers being an invaluable support. The first task was to sift through mountains of well qualified teachers applying for positions. It fell on Elder Mrs Uko and Mrs Kalu to hold the interviews for the post of the Principal. They were complete satisfied to appoint Mrs. Phoebe Isiodu to the post - a former Vice – Principal at Holy Rosary who was dynamic and had all the know-how needed to guide the school authorities through the “red tape” involved in setting up and obtaining approval for a secondary school. The school opened its doors in September 1997 with 24 students and 16 teachers. It was never quite clear why none of the over three hundred students of he vocational school did not apply to join the secondary school and even appeared to have been spirited away. The first three years of the school’s existence were hard even with two gifts from Canadian Presbyterian Church, Maintaining a full complement of qualified teaching staff with a small student population was very tasking, also breaking out of the vocational School reputation led to the poor enrolment of students. By the end of 2001, the committee was able to relax in the knowledge that the school had survived and come to stay. The next ten years have seen the school consolidating on all sides. The first Principal retired and was succeeded by Mrs. M.C. Nwosu – the present principal. The school P.T.A. has been consistently supportive and it has been possible with their support to raise staff salaries. There is a graduated staff salary scale with annual increments and a staff pension scheme. All the buildings have been maintained and upgraded. New classrooms have been built, a large generator installed, the laboratories well equipped and the computer laboratory has 31 up- to-date computers with internet services. The ownership of the school has always been vested on the United Church Women - a group of interdenominational women, currently led by Dr Mrs. Lovette Oji. Last year, it was established, a Governing Council under the Chairmanship of Elder Dr K. U. Kalu CON, still reflecting the ecumenical status of the school.
SCHOOL POLICY REGARDING BOARDING STUDENTS AND DAY STUDENTS.
The school allows boarding and day students. But majority are in the boarding house. The day students can equally be admitted into boarding on application. If approval is given, the student becomes a boarder. Students in the boarding are not allowed to leave the school without permission while the day students leave the school at 4 p.m. The day guards check the students at the gate. Although both boarders and students wear the same school uniform, the day students have a “D” mark on their uniforms indicating “day students” Certain prefect positions in the school cannot be given to day-student such as Senior Prefect, Deputy Senior Prefect, Hostel Prefect, etc. They can only be given such student position as Sanitary, Laboratory, Library and Class Prefects. Both groups are treated equally and are expected to abide by the school rules and regulations. Both day students and boarders are entitled to the use of the school facilities but day students neither can sleep in the hostel nor eat the food for boarders. The day students are allowed to eat with boarder only during ceremonies.
DAILY BOARDING SCHEDULES MORNING:
5:30 – 6: 00am Rising bell, morning prayers
6:00 – 7:00am Morning duty and preparing for school
7:00 – 7:30am Breakfast and duty in the compound
7:40 – 8:am Morning Assembly
8:00 – 8:10amRoll calls
8:10 – 2:15pm Class and school over
2:15 – 2:45pm Lunch
3:00 – 4:00pm Prep lessons (compulsory to all students) manual labour (Fridays)
4:00 – 5:00pm Rest
5.00 – 6:30pm Games (Mondays) Fetching of water (Tuesdays and Friday) Societies and clubs (Wednesdays) Bible Study (Thursdays)
6:30 – 7:00ppm Prayers (daily)
7:00 – 7:30pm Supper
7:30 – 10pm Night Prep
10:30 – 11:00pm Lights out
Beds are made before a student leaves for school in the morning with the correct beddings. • Rooms are swept and scrubbed daily. • No student should leave her bed to another especially after lights out.
HOSTEL LIFE FOR BOARDING STUDENTS
Lady Ibiam Girls’ Secondary School has good boarding facilities where students live as homes. The School has two beautiful hostels divided into floors. Each floor represents a house. The houses (four in all) are named after some of the members of the United Church Women namely; Obi house, Emole house, Mokelu house and Oji house. Boarders are therefore assigned to the four houses for effective management, supervision and control. Their day-dresses and sports wears are of different colours in line with their houses while they all have a common ceremonial wears and school uniforms. In the hostel, the students are guided by the hostel rules and regulations. Their activities are planned and strictly executed with time schedule. The morning bell goes at 5.30 am. Every student is hereby expected to wake up for morning prayers and there after, prepare for school. Morning duties and breakfast follow suit and at 7.45, every students is at the assembly ground for morning assembly. The hostel at this time is locked and can only be opened at 4.pm for their siesta. Defaulters are severely punished by the prefects with the consent of the teachers on duty. Bullying is highly discouraged. Inspection of the entire hostel is carried out every morning by the boarding mistress, house mistresses, and the matron who are all resident on the compound. Hence, absolute cleanliness is ensured daily. Water is promptly provided by the school. Their menu is well planned and their food balanced. They are well fed. The matron supervises the food and ensures that it is well prepared.
The use of certain items that may cause distraction/health hazard are not allowed into the boarding house. Such items include: GSM phone, computer games, walk man, electric iron, boiling rings, mufti, etc.
HAIR The students wear low cut.
MORAL LIFE The school maintains high level of morality and has a resident Chaplain who organizes Sunday services for the boarders. She is constantly available for counseling. In addition, the Scripture Union (SU) and the students’ Christian Movement (SCM), hold regular fellowships for the students. Generally, hostel life helps the students to tolerate one another, develop cordial relationship, share things with others, respect each other, manage their pocket money, keep clean, manage space, adjust to situations, pray together and to be time conscious, obedient, independent and disciplined. MORAL LIFE The School maintains a high level of morality and has a resident Chaplain who organizes Sunday Services and is constantly available for counseling. The Students Christian Movement (SCM) and the SU hold regularly.
Our menu is well planned and balanced. The students are well fed. The school matron supervises the food and ensures that the food is well prepared.
SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS
The school has general rules and regulations which is binding on both day students and boarders.
Attendance to school (A) Regularity. • All Students must be regular at school. • The school must know through the form teacher if for any reason a student must absent herself from school. (ii) punctuality Every student is expected to be at the school compound by 7.30am to attend the morning assembly which starts at 7:45am. Classroom behaviour • Classrooms are to be swept the previous day after school • Attendance to lesson is compulsory. • Eating in the classroom is highly prohibited • Object that bring distraction are distraction are disallowed e.g computer. • Noise making, rudeness / assault are not allowed. • Prep is compulsory to every student Cleanliness • Every student must keep clean. Hair must be cut low/short. • The compound must not be littered, everywhere must be kept clean, including the toilets. • Health • Every case of ill health must be reported to any available teacher, form teacher, matron, house mistress who will in turn take the student to the sick bay. • The nurse must recommend if a student should go home on health ground. • Students are not to take drugs on their own. • School Property. • The School is to take care of her property. • No indiscriminate plucking of fruits. • No writing on the walls, dining tables, seats, or boards etc. • It is an offence for a student to inscribe her name on any school property. Movement • No student is allowed beyond the gate during and after school hours without permission. • Loittering during classes or prep periods attract punishment. • Boarders must have their exit card duly signed before leaving the school premises. Bounds • Students are banned from entering the staff quarters except when necessary. • Bullying / Fighting Any student caught bullying other students, fighting or fagging must be severely punished. Uniforms • Every student is expected to have all the uniforms of the school. • Each uniform must be worn at the appropriate time. • There must not be any mufti • The approved ear ring is stopper type. Test / Examinations • Test, assignments, projects and examinations are compulsory. • Malpractice of any kind on tests, assignments, projects and examinations attracts various punishments. • Stealing • This is strictly prohibited, any student caught will pay back the item or money and also be suspended. Withdrawal If a student fails a class twice, she will be advised to withdraw. There should be no refund of payment if the principal suspends or dismisses a student found guilty of any offence. Societies Every students must belong to Student Christian Movement (SCM) in the school. Each student must also belong to one of these approved societies in the school: • Debating society • Drama club • Press club • Home makers • Jet club • French club Cliques • There should be no forming of cliques of any type. • No nicknames are allowed.
The students have achieved successes during the year at both academics and sports. They take part in a number of extra-curricular activities at the discretion of the Principal. In 2002, the Junior Achievement Club of the school won a prize in Lagos as the best community service group from the LEAD CAMP (Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement and Development). The students have participated in Radio, TV Musical Drama, Debating and Quiz Competitions. They took part in the NAFDAC Code of Conduct Bureau and Cowbell Competitions. In 2008, Miss Ifeoma Nnamani won a prize for her essay from the Code of Conduct Bureau and received the prize during the Children’s Day Celebration at Michael Okpara Square. Later in a debating competition, the school vied with and beat the Mea Mater Elizabeth Secondary School, Agbani to first place. In another debating competition organized by Radio Nigeria, Lady Ibiam girls school beat St. Joseph’s Emene to first place. The school has twice come first at competitions organized by Alliance Francaise and they have always attended the Art Exhibition by the same Alliance Francaise. In the last competition, they beat Federal Government College, Enugu in the final. The school organizes its own Inter house Sports and Cross – Country Races and participated in the Girls’ Secondary School Sports Competition conducted by the National Sports Commission. The School took second place in the Private Schools Sports competition.
SCHOOL GRADING SYSTEM, SUBJECTS OFFERED
The academic grading system of the school is high because of her standard. For the school the minimum score for a pass is 50%, including English Language and Mathematics. Any student who fails Mathematics or English Language has definitely failed. Number of subjects to be passed depends on the class. JSI, JSII & SSI (INTERNAL EXAMS) No of subjects offered – sixteen. 1. English Language 2. Mathematics 3. Igbo Language 4. French 5. Introductory Technology 6. Integrated Science 7. Agricultural Science 8. Physical and Health Education 9. Home Economics 10. Music 11. Fine Art 12. Christian Religious Knowledge 13. Social Studies 14. Computer Studies 15. Business Studies 16. Civic Education
CRITERIA FOR PASSING JSI, JSII & SSI IN THE SCHOOL INTERNAL EXAM.
The students in the classes listed above; 1. Must pass English and Mathematics 2. Must score minimum average of 50 3. Must pass 10 subjects including English Language and Mathematics JS III Students in this class: 1. Write internal exam – 1st and 2nd term and mock exams 2. They register for two external exams:- A. JSCE NECO – national exam and B. JSCE - organised by the Enugu State Ministry of Education Number of Subjects registered for the external Exams – Maximum of twelve subjects, and minimum of eleven subjects. Nine compulsory core subjects are: 1. English Language 2. Mathematics 3. Igbo Language 4. Agricultural Science 5. Introductory Technology 6. Integrated Science 7. Social Studies 8. Christian Religious Knowledge 9. French The students are expected to offer any three subjects from the subjects listed below to make up the twelve subjects: Music Fine & Applied Arts Home Economics Physical & Health Education Criteria for passing N0. Of subjects to be passed are: 1. 8 subjects including English Language & Mathematics 2. Minimum of 50% average.
SENIOR SECONDARY SSI – Offer fifteen subjects such as Literature in English, Geography, Commerce, Economics, Chemistry, Physics, Agricultural Science, Food and Nutrition, Government, French and Computer. The students in this class are exposed to all the above subjects to enable them choose the subjects that lead to the career of their interest, and to avoid having difficulty in SSII over the subjects chosen. CRITERIA SS II / III – Maximum number of subjects offered are 9/10 subjects. Minimum 8 subjects. Criteria for a pass: 1. Pass in 8 subjects Pass in 7 subjects Minimum of 50% average.
SCHOOL GRADING SYSTEM OF SCORES
0 – 49 FAIL (F)
50 – 54 PASS (P)
55 – 69 CREDIT (C)
70 - & ABOVE - DISTINCTION (A)