Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu

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Background of Marist Education

“Marist Education is a Christocentric and anthropocentric reality that informs, forms, and transforms the educand in the way of Mary, the Mother of God” (Osuji & Suleh, 2017, p. 109). This educational pedagogy has been bequeathed to the Marist Brothers of the Schools by their founder; St. Marcellin Champagnat. Marist Brothers of the Schools is a religious congregation in the Catholic Church. It was Founded by St. Marcellin Champagnat on the 2nd January, 1817 for the Christian education of the youth especially those most in need. Saint Marcellin Champagnat was a religious priest of the Marist Fathers. During the first year of his priestly ministry as a curate, he was horrified to see a young boy of seventeen years old almost died in his arms. The adolescent Montagne was ignorant of the Christian principles of the Catholic faith and the existence of God. After instructing the lad in his Christian belief and preparing him for death, the boy died later in the day.[1] He was so touched by this event that he made up his mind to embark on his project of founding the congregation of the Marist Brothers of the Schools.


St.  Marcellin Champagnat founded a religious institute of teaching Brothers which he called Little Brothers of Mary.For the past two hundred years, the Marist Brothers have been carrying out this mission of Christian education of youth in eighty-five countries of the world. The Marist Brothers inherited from Marcellin Champagnat, their founder, a rich tradition of spirituality and way of life which is unique to them. The first Brothers were so caught up by this spirituality and way of life that they could not resist the urge to carry it to all parts of the world. Nigeria has not been left out by the bearers of the Marist Spirituality and Champagnat’s dream of giving Christian education to young people.


Mission of Marist Education

The Mission of Marist Education is the intellectual, moral, and skills development of the Marist student, which enables him or her to acquire sustainable knowledge, positively shapes his or character in order to be fully equipped for life pursuits.



Figure 1: Mission of Marist Education                                                         


Vision of Marist Education

The vision of Marist Education is the formation of the youth in knowledge and virture for societal transformation.


Marist Educational Philosophy

Education rooted in Christ, which enables the Marist students to be self-reliant, appreciate the dignity of work and research, adhere to professionalism and ethics and avail themselves for service.


Marist Educational Pedagogy

The distinctive Marist style and pedagogy has stood the test of time and is rooted in these principles: presence, simplicity, family spirit, love of work, and following in the footsteps of Mary.


Figure 2: Marist Educational Pedagogy




Marist Brothers in Nigeria

 The Marist Brothers came to Nigeria in 1949 through the invitation of Bishop Whelan, the then Bishop of the Vicariate of Owerri. The first school of the Brothers was Bishop Shanahan College (BSC) Orlu and later they expanded by taking over the College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), Enugu from the Holy Ghost Fathers. Within a short time, the two schools became so popular in the fields of academics and sports that the name Marist Brothers became well known by most people in the Eastern Nigeria and beyond.   


In 1965 Marist Brothers Juniorate was opened and the establishment of other Marist secondary schools followed suit as time went by. Presently, Marist Brothers are running four Nursery/Primary schools, eight Post Primary schools and one tertiary institution in Nigeria.


In order to maintain the uniformity in the running of Marist Schools, especially secondary schools in Nigeria, calls the need for a common handbook. This is because there exist common calendar, curriculum, entrance examination, and staff code of conduct. The supervision of Marist Schools is under a common body; the Marist Schools Management Board. The homogenous nature of Marist schools in Nigeria notwithstanding, the uniqueness of each school was taken into cognisance as the contents of this Handbook were being put together. That, in effect, added to the beauty of this document.


The document does not say it all as a code of conduct and rules and regulations. As we commonly apply the contents of this book in all our schools, it may still be necessary for each school to still develop and maintain a more detailed rule of life peculiar to her context, subject to approval by the Marist Schools Management Board.




Foundation and Uniqueness of Marist Schools in Nigeria

All Marist schools in Nigeria are Catholic schools which always uphold Catholic teachings and practices. However, Marist schools admit every qualified student irrespective of tribe, religion, race or colour provided they abide with the school curricula. A Marist school can be either co-educational or for boys only, full boarding or boarding and day scholarship.  


Table 1

Existing Marist Schools in Nigeria








Marist Brothers’ Juniorate, Uturu

Boys only

Boarders only


 Abia State


Marist Comprehensive Academy, Uturu

Boys & Girls

Boarders & Day


 Abia State


Christ the King College, Gwagwalada

Boys only

Boarders only


FCT, Abuja


Marist Comprehensive College, Ezzagu

Boys & Girls

Boarders & Day


 Ebonyi State


Marist Comprehensive College, Nteje

Boys & Girls

Boarders & Day


Anambra State


Sacred Heart Marist College, Ejule

Boys & Girls

Boarders & Day


 Kogi State


Marist College, Yangoji

Boys & Girls

Boarders only


 FCT, Abuja


Christ the King  Catholic Marist College, Ire-Ekiti

Boys & Girls

Boarders & Day

 Handed over to the Marist Brothers 2012

 Ekiti State



Decision Making Bodies in Marist Schools




Figure 3: Decision Making Bodies in Marist Schools


Aims and Objectives of Marist Education

The goal of Marist schools is the Christian education of young people especially those most in need.

The specific objectives of Marist schools include: To

1.      Make Jesus Christ known and loved.

2.      Train young people to be dutiful, productive and useful to themselves, their families, societies, and become good citizens.

3.      Give holistic education to young people.

4.      Help young people form good consciences.

5.      Train young people to live the brotherhood of Christ with everybody.

6.      Liberate the mind of young people so that they can easily make objective judgments and right choices in life.

7.      Help young people develop pride in the culture of their localities.

8.      Raise a generation of young people who can think for themselves, respect the views and feelings of others and respect the dignity of labour.

9.      Inspire young people with a desire for achievement and self-improvement at school and later in life.

10.  Enable the Marist student fight the five enemies of humanity; ignorance, disease, poverty, immorality, and atheism.

11.  Groom vocations to Marist Brotherhood and religious life in general, married life, single life, and priesthood.


Admission into Marist Schools

1.      Admission into a Marist Secondary School is ordinarily through the Marist Schools Common Entrance Examination. The admission process consists of:

                                                        i.            The written entrance examination

                                                      ii.            The written interview

                                                    iii.            The final selection through oral interview

2.      A candidate, who accepts admission to a Marist School, by that fact, accepts to be trained according to the Marist Schools system of education.

3.      Parents and guardians whose wards are admitted into a Marist School thereby undertake to co-operate fully and partner with the school Management in the education of their wards. They become obliged to be active members of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).

4.      An offer of admission to a Marist School should be accepted effectively within thirty days from the date of the offer of admission.

5.      A new student in a Marist School shall present a certificate of medical fitness from a qualified medical practitioner from a recognized and approved government and or Catholic hospital.

6.      Fees payable in Marist Schools shall be determined from time to time by the Marist Brothers. The fees shall be paid into centralized Marist Schools Account by all Marist students in Nigeria.

7.      Students transferring from other schools to Marist Schools may be admitted into UB1, UB2 and SS1 only after successful entrance examinations and interviews.

8.      On admission, the transferring student shall submit to the Office of the Principal/Director relevant transfer documents such as the Transfer Certificate, Continuous Assessment Report and Academic Results. This shall also apply to a student transferring from one Marist School to another.

9.      Parents, on admission of their wards, shall buy two copies of the Marist Secondary Schools Students’ Handbook – one copy for their ward and the other copy for the parents to keep at home for reference. Parents and their wards are to study carefully the Handbook and abide by the rules and regulations stipulated therein.


Re-Opening Day

1.      Generally, Marist schools re-open on a Saturday for boarders.

2.      On the re-opening day, every student who resides in the hostel shall return in the morning hours from 8.00 a.m. No student shall be allowed into the school after 6:00 p.m.

3.      Those who arrive late on the re-opening day shall submit their names to the security personnel who shall later submit the list to the Office of the Principal/Director. The late students shall come back on a day decided by the Management Team.

4.      Those living far away from the school who may wish to come back to the school a day earlier shall communicate to the school head.

5.      In case of serious illness or any other cogent reason that can prevent a student from returning on the re-opening day, his or her parents or guardians shall obtain permission from the Office of the Principal/Director before the re-opening day.


Visiting Days and Visitors to Marist Schools

1.      Every Marist school shall have its own visiting day or days each month. On Visiting Days, parents, guardians, can go to the school and see their children or wards.

2.      Marist students shall always be courteous and polite to all visitors.

3.      Each Marist school shall determine its visiting hours on the visiting days.

4.      Visitors shall be received only in the designated place(s). No visitor shall enter the hostel, the refectory or the classrooms.

5.      A student shall not receive a visitor on non-visiting day without due authorization. Any student who violates this regulation shall be liable to corrective measure.

6.      Any emergency visitor shall first clear with the Principal/Director or in his absence, the appropriate Vice Principal.

7.      On non-visiting days, students shall be courteous to people coming to the school compound, and politely give them the necessary directions.

8.      No student shall see a visitor out beyond the school gate.

9.      Permission to visit home can be obtained only from the Principal/Director or Dean of Students’ Affairs in consultation with the Principal/Director.

10.  Parents and guardians are not allowed to bring cooked food to the children and wards.


Day Scholarship/Studentship

1.      Only boys/girls who live with their parents or guardians can be admitted as day students into Marist schools that have provision for day students.

2.      No boy or girl who lives alone can be admitted into a Marist school.

3.      Day students allowed to attend the evening and night study periods in the school compound shall wear a day dress slightly different from that of the boarding students.


Withdrawal of Students from Marist Schools

To effect any withdrawal for any reason before the end of the session, a withdrawal application shall reach the Office of the Principal/Director at least one week before the actual withdrawal.

Similarly, application for Transfer Certificate, Transcript, Statement of Result and any other document shall reach the Office of the Principal/Director at least one week in advance; otherwise the process may be delayed. Students shall always come in person to collect their documents. However, if the student is not available, the parent or guardian shall present a valid identity before collecting the document.


Marist schools are international schools. It is in view of our international institutional status that we embrace some international programmes. In other words, we have a well-articulated curriculum which blends both the national and international programmes perfectly to suit our academic vision. This is a package that opens up the opportunities of choice making to students for higher academic pursuits.

The goal of Marist schools is to prepare our students thoroughly so that they can stand shoulder high above their counterparts worldwide and compete favourably with them as global citizens. In order to achieve this goal, Marist schools run the following programmes:

1.      Local Examinations at Junior Level

                     i.            NECO (National Examination Council)

                  ii.            BECE ( Basic Education Examination Certificate)

                iii.            Junior NECO (National)

2.      Local Examinations at Senior Level

                  i.             WAEC/WASSCE (West African Senior Secondary Certificate Council)

                ii.            NECO/SSCE (National Examination Council)

              iii.             JAMB/UTME

3.      International Examinations at Senior Level in some selected Marist Schools

                     i.            International General Certificate of Secondary Education IGCSE

                  ii.            Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT)

                iii.            Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

                 iv.            Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)


Academic Subjects Offered in Marist Schools

Marist schools offer a wide range of subjects in accordance with the curriculum approved for junior and senior secondary schools in Nigeria. The following subjects are offered:

1.      Religious and Moral Education (RME)

2.      The English Language

3.      Mathematics

4.      Basic Science

5.      Social Studies

6.      Basic Technology

7.      Business Studies

8.      Physical and Health Education

9.      Some Nigerian Languages – Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba

10.  Literature in English

11.  The French Language

12.  Further Mathematics

13.  Geography

14.  Christian Religious Studies

15.  Computer Science

16.  Agricultural Science

17.  Economics

18.  Technical Drawing

19.  Entrepreneurial Subjects

20.  Physics

21.  Chemistry

22.  Biology

23.  Government

24.  Civic Education

25.  History


Assessment of Students’ Academic Progress

Assessing students in Marist schools is a continuous process through daily and weekly assignments, projects involving practical work, periodic tests and classroom work.

Assessments are made not only on intellectual ability but also in attitudinal (affective) and psychomotor (manipulative skills) areas of learning. Projects and assignments are taken into consideration in reaching the final overall assessment each term. Every Marist student shall take part in all the school’s tests and examinations. These will comprise: Sitting tests, notes, assignments, and projects (CAT – 30%), and the end-of-term written examinations (70%).                                                                                     


Conditions for Promotion from One Class to Another

For a student to be promoted from one class to a higher one, the following conditions shall apply:

1.      For Promotion in UB One and UB Two:

                                i.            Pass in all core subjects, which shall include Mathematics, the English Language and Religious and Moral Education.

                              ii.            The pass mark for each of the subjects is 50%

2.       For Promotion in SS One and SS Two:

                                  i.             Pass in all the core subjects including Mathematics, the English Language and, Religious and Moral Education, and exhibit good behaviour.

                                ii.            The pass mark for each of the subjects shall be 50%.


At the end of the third term examinations, the Promotion Committee meets to deliberate on the students due for promotion based on their cumulative academic performances and behaviour during the whole session.


Examination Rules and Regulations

1.      Every student shall endeavour to write all the internal and external examinations approved by the school authority.

2.      During examination:

                               i.             There shall be zero tolerance for any form of examination malpractice in all Marist Schools.

                             ii.            There shall be orderliness in the examination hall.

                           iii.            Students shall be in the examination hall 15 minutes before the examination.

                           iv.             Students shall respect time for starting and stopping any examination.

3.      Any of the following behaviours constitutes examination malpractice in Marist Schools:

                               i.             Taking into the examination hall textbooks, notebooks or scraps of paper containing jotting,  smart phones, smart watches, calculators stored with information about the examination, whether or not they relate to the subject being taken or not.

                             ii.            Pre-scribbling notes on the student’s body, clothes or locker.

                           iii.            Exchange of notes, question papers, answer scripts or oral communication with another student in the examination hall.

                           iv.             Getting or attempting to get help relating to the examination from any person whomsoever inside or outside the examination hall.

                             v.            Copying from textbook, notes, other materials or other candidate’s work in the examination hall.

                           vi.             Any other unruly behaviour inside or outside the examination hall which the school regards as examination malpractice.

                         vii.            Any act or behaviour reported to the Examination Committee as examination malpractice and if established to be so after thorough investigation shall be recommended to the Management Team for disciplinary action.


General Principles    

Based on the holistic education offered in Marist schools, both the temporal and spiritual welfare of the students are taken seriously. The aim is to avail Marist students for such education that makes them worthy in learning and character. With particular reference to his or her character formation, a Marist student shall:

1.      Be neither a member of any secret cult nor associate with members of such cults.

2.      Always observe the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”

3.      Participate in all religious activities as practiced by the school. Example: Daily Eucharistic celebration (Mass and or Communion Service), daily prayers, and recollection. These activities are compulsory for every Marist students.

4.      Be encouraged to love all his or her fellow students as brothers and sisters.

5.      Always and everywhere maintain worthy behaviour and be self-disciplined.

6.      Always attend the moral and or religious instructions authorized by the school.

7.      Belong to at least one approved Religious Society in the school.



Religious and Moral Education in Marist Schools

Religious and Moral Education (RME) is emphasized as core subject in Marist schools. This is due to the fact that, it aids in the religious, spiritual and moral development of the students. It also helps in moulding the character of Marist students and makes them true citizens of the country and ambassadors of Christ. Furthermore, RME is a compulsory subject for every Marist student. In addition, it emphasizes eternal life which influences all we do on earth.



Some Religious Societies in Marist Schools

The following are some of the Religious Societies in Marist schools:

1.      The Legion of Mary: Promotes devotion to Mary the Mother of Jesus, spreads the good news about Mary, and enables Marist students to perform corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

2.      Bible Society: Helps students to develop interest in the Bible, creates awareness of the usefulness of the Bible, and aids students to evangelize using the Bible.

3.      The Blue Army/Soldiers of Mary: Honours Mary the Mother of Jesus by saying the Rosary and promoting the praying of the Rosary by other people.

4.      St. Jude’s Society: Honours St. Jude by asking for his intercession; to promote devotion to him especially in desperate cases.

5.      St. Vincent De Paul Society: Creates awareness in Marist students the need to help the poor and the less privileged in society.

6.      St. Marcellin Champagnat Society: Endows in the Marist student the spirit of evangelizing young people, and helping them to develop positive attitude to life and positive pursuits of life.

7.      Altar Boys and Girls: Draws the Marist student closer to God by training him or her to work in the sanctuary and sacristy and to serve at Holy Mass.

8.      Purgatorial Society: Promotes devotion to the Holy Souls in purgatory by praying and making sacrifices for them.

9.      St Anthony Society: Promotes the devotion to Saint Anthony of Padua and asks for his help especially for lost items.

10.  Block Rosary: Develops, encourages and spreads the message of Our Lady of Fatima.

11.  Tansi Society: Promotes the devotion to Blessed Iwene Tansi.

12.  Aspirants Society: Enables the Marist student to pray and discern their vocation in the Church.


N/B: This list is not exhaustive. Therefore, individual schools are free to have some other societies.




Guidance and Counselling In Marist Schools