Governor Rotimi Amaechi
There are indications that Rivers State Government would soon begin academic activities in one of the 24 model secondary schools being built across the state.
The state has also named one of the schools, located in Eleme as Ambassador Nne Furo Kurubo Model Secondary School, Eleme. This followed the handing over of the school to an India-based education consortium, Educomp Solutions Ltd.
The Chief Executive Officer (Africa) of the company, Mr. Shantaram Hegdekatte, said at a press briefing in Port Harcourt that the Rivers State Government gave it the mandate to run the school.
According to him, Educomp is the largest education company in India, providing education solutions across the country. He said the company currently works with 29,000 schools; operates 70 schools of its own; and serves over 19.4 million learners and educators across the world.
“Educomp is built around the core belief that technology, be it ICT or pedagogical, can be effectively deployed as a teaching tool to make learning more engaging.”
Hegdekatte said the mandate to run the school was part of Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s vision of providing international quality education in the state and ensuring that quality education is not restricted to the privileged members of the society.
He said admission into the school would be based strictly on merit, irrespective of the candidates’ social background, adding that equal number of spaces would be allocated to the 23 local government areas. He said some spaces would be allocated to non-indigenes residing in the state, while two seats would be given to each state of the federation.
He added that a two-stage admission process would be deployed, whereby a written test would be conducted in Port Harcourt on October 6, followed by personal interviews. He said the school would be fully residential and completely free.