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College and University Placement Services

Regular Academic Services
Loyola Jesuit College prepares its students for the Junior Secondary Certificate Examination (JSCE) and Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) of the National Examinations Council (NECO) and also the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). Preparation for these examinations, rather than for any other external examinations, is the prime focus of the school's academic work. Loyola Jesuit College is a Nigerian secondary school, not an 'international' school oriented towards examinations external to Nigeria. It must also be emphasised that, although Loyola Jesuit College is a Jesuit and Catholic institution, it cannot routinely provide any special access after graduation to Jesuit or Catholic colleges or universities overseas or any other overseas academic institutions.

All students follow the same curriculum in preparation for the JSCE examinations at the conclusion of JS 3: English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Introductory Technology, Social Studies, French, Agricultural Science, Nigerian Language (Hausa at LJC), Christian Religious Studies, Fine Art, Physical and Health Education, Home Economics. (Muslim students, however, are not required to take Christian Religious Studies.)

In addition to these subjects, Writing Skills are imparted to first-year students. In JS 1 and JS 2 and again in SS 1 and SS 2 students are introduced to the basics of Information Technology in two weekly periods of instruction conducted in the College's computer centre. These mandatory periods in computer skills are not part of the curriculum in either of the external examination years, JS 3 and SS 3.

Intensive career counselling is offered at the end of JS 3 to enable students, in consultation with the administration and their parents or guardians, to select among the possible electives for their SSCE subjects. However, following Nigerian educational regulations, all candidates for the SSCE must present for examination at least nine subjects including English Language, Mathematics, one Nigerian language (at LJC, Hausa), one natural science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), one social science (Economics, Literature, Geography, History and Government) and one vocational subject (Technical Drawing, Agricultural Science, Food and Nutrition). All students at Loyola Jesuit College do French, Economics and (unless they are Muslims) Christian Religious Knowledge at least until the end of first term of their sixth year in the College.

Loyola Jesuit College provides students with official Statements of Results for NECO and WAEC examinations provided that students have paid all outstanding fees at the College. Official transcripts of academic work done at Loyola Jesuit College are provided on request and at a fee determined by the College. Letters of recommendation for other institutions are a privilege, not a right, and will only be provided when all fees are paid and when the student in question has maintained at Loyola Jesuit College a commendable record of study and discipline.

Auxiliary Academic Services
Although the main foci of teaching and learning at Loyola Jesuit College are the syllabi of the National Examinations Council (NECO) and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the College does organise tutorials and facilitate preparation for certain external examinations, most notably the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board University Matriculation Examination (UME) necessary for admission into Nigerian universities. The College routinely registers students in their final year for UME, NECO and WAEC examinations.

Those students who also wish to register for the American-originated Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT I and II) and for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be registered for them provided that they can pay in US dollars for these examinations. It should be noted that many of the best universities in the United States pay less attention annually to the results of SAT examinations. Loyola Jesuit College does not, moreover, routinely issue cheques, even in exchange for dollars, for application fees for individuals applying to overseas institutions.

In cooperation with the British Council, Loyola Jesuit College facilitates the administration of certain Cambridge GCE O-level examinations, but only in the final term of SS 3. Those students who pay for these O-levels in naira can be given some preparation outside normal class hours for these examinations, but it must be emphasised, as above stated, that the primary focus of teaching and learning at Loyola Jesuit College is on the NECO and WAEC syllabi.

Students whose parents or guardians wish, in the course or at the conclusion of their studies at Loyola Jesuit College, to have their wards sit for entrance examinations for overseas institutions (e.g. for sixth form) will be provided the opportunity to take the entrance examinations for these institutions at Loyola Jesuit College. Only most exceptionally will absence from the College for testing or interviews be tolerated during the academic session.

With the cooperation of the Computer Centre at Loyola Jesuit College and the advice of the Associate Vice Principal for College and University Placement, online information about admission to overseas tertiary institutions can be accessed by interested students. It should be understood that all correspondence with such institutions must be paid for from the student's deposit.

Students who wish to sit for the Microsoft OfficeŽ Specialist (MOS) on-line examination may do so at Loyola Jesuit College after they have finished the four-year syllabus of Information Technology offered by the College on the payment in dollars of the requisite fee.

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