The Rivers State Polytechnic Comprehensive Secondary School, Bori is one institution that has silently recorded huge success in academic excellence at both the junior and senior secondary schools certificate examinations in the last four years.
Established in January 2001, the RivPoly Comprehensive Secondary School has recorded over 98 percent success in all its external examination. At the junior secondary school examination level, the school scored a 100 percent success last year.
In an interview with The Tide On Sunday, the Acting Principal of the school, Deacon Godswill Emmanuel Ndee said the secret behind the success was a layed down sound academic structure, “the academic standard here per say is one of the best in this nation due to the way the teaching subjects are structured,”
“We have a layed out structure in the way Mathematics and English Language are taught. Mathematics is not taught as a single subject rather it is taught in segments by various teachers. It is separated into Algebra, Arithmetic and Statistics, Geometry and Trigonometry.
These different areas are being taught by different teachers. Likewise English Language which is also separated into Lexis and Structure, Essay writing, Comprehension and Summary and then orals. These are also taught by different teachers,” he said.
According to Deacon Ndee, the method had strengthened and fortified the students in those areas of study, and that for the purpose of achieving high level of excellence, the school authority has made 50 percent score as pass mark, 60 per cent as credit mark, 70 per cent as good while excellent score is awarded to students who got an average of 80 percent and above.
One of the strategies employed by Deacon Ndee to achieve this level of success is the institution of discipline among staff and students of the school, through the establishment of functional welfare committee to take care of the staff without compromising strict compliance to academic responsibility. “There has been a change of attitude of staff to duty in a positive direction. Most teachers cover their syllabus on time and have enough time for revision.”
“We have equally maintained a comfortable staff room and integrated sports and games into our timetable to also take care of the mental development of staff and students and improve upon the talents of the students in the various events. Social activities are not left out. Beginning from tomorrow we will begin a week long end of year activities. All these and other extra curricular activities are to enable the students appreciate the physical identification of their area of studies”, he said.
These strategies have yielded tremendous results academically. A product of the school, Master Wisdom Deebeke Kate made all his nine papers with A1 including mathematics. Also a female student Miss Akpe Barikpoa Nwako made all her papers and both students were adjudged amongst the best in the May/June 2009 West African School Certificate Examination in the federation.
In 2006 RivPoly Comprehensive Secondary School produced two of the best students in the same certificate examinations.
The two boys now studying in the United Kingdom (UK) are Nordum L. Saronwiyor and Tombari P. Monsi who came out in flying colours in the West African School Certificate Examination (WASC).
The Principal said the immediate need of the school now having a population of 736 students was adequate class room spaces and a hostel accommodation. “We charge the least in terms of school fees in Rivers State. We need some form of assistance from corporate bodies, and government to enable us perform better,” he said.
Deacon Ndee attributed the success of his administration challenges from the dogged determination of the Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi administration to give education its pride of place and commended the government for its efforts in that direction. “I equally commend the management of the Rivers State Polytechnic under the leadership of Professor G.T. Sokari for its commitment to the development of the secondary school”, he said.