Academics

Office of the Principal
Dept of Art & Humanities

The Zaria Academy Arts and Humanities Department is one of the largest departments in the school. It is made up of twenty (20) staff members of eighteen teaching staff and two library staff. The eighteen teaching staff handles different subjects both at the senior and junior secondary classes. The department is the only one that accommodate under senior secondary subjects including vast areas of science, arts and commercial courses. The senior secondary school subjects includes: Economics, Geography, Civic Education, Government/History, Religious Studies, (Christian Religious and Islamic Religious studies). At the junior secondary school level, the integrative subjects is called social studies. Subjects in the department are handled by experienced, qualified and hardworking teachers. Past records of external examination (WAEC and NECO) have shown that 75percent of the excellent performance of Zaria Academy students come from the department especially in the following subjects, Geography, Economics, Government, History and Religious Studies. The excellent result is due largely to team work and cooperation among the academic staff of the department.

The department has a unique way of checks and balances as well as incorporating new ideas and methods of handling changes in the methods and principles of teaching. Areas of discipline as regards teaching and learning are adequately handled at departmental level to uphold our students' excellent academic performance.

Dept of Languages

The department of languages can be described as the mother of other departments. This is because language as a medium of instruction is the vehicle through which other subjects are conveyed.

We have a total of seven sub-sections in the department; made up of six languages and allied course. These courses are:

  • English language,
  • Hausa language,
  • Yoruba language,
  • Arabic language,
  • French language,
  • Literature in English.

The rationales behind the choice of these languages include national and international utilitarian relevance. For instance, the teaching and learning of French language in Zaria Academy is our direct response to our national policy which states that: "for smooth interaction with our neighbours, it is desirable for every Nigerian to speak French accordingly, French shall be the second official language in Nigeria, and it shall be compulsory in schools" [NPE 3rd Edition 1998, Paragraph 10 page 4].

Number and calibre of staff of the department.

The department of languages of Zaria Academy is highly and strategically staffed for quality assurance in the performance of our students. Presently we have twenty five [25] competent teachers with outstanding qualifications. None has less than a bachelor degree in his or her subject area. It might also interest you to know that ninety-seven percent (97%) of these academic staff have either B.Ed or PG.DE as basic teaching qualification to teach in the academy.

 

The other 3% without basic teaching qualification have currently enrolled in the PE.DE programme. Over seventy percent (70%) of the staff of the department have master of arts degre while a. few others are studying for their master and doctor of philosophy in their fields of specialties.

Our Testimonial

Our undeniable and verifiable testimonial in the department of languages is clearly our students' knowledge and use of these languages. The best evaluative index of any language programme is the proficiency of its learners. Our students have continued to maintain growing records of excellent performance in all the languages that are examined by the two examination bodies [WAEC and NECO].

For instance, in the 2013 NECO Exams, all our students had credits and distinctions in English language i.e. No student had D7, E8 or F9.

Besides the praise worthy performance of these students is the verbal use of these languages; and ultimately it has served as a vindication of the devoted efforts of the teachers. No wonder that our students find it easy studying in Asia, Europe, America or any other country where English is the language of instruction; because of the solid linguistic foundation they get in Zaria Academy

Our Facilities

Our department has a well –equipped Language Laboratory with computers, audio and visual materials like television, video players, tape recorders, headphones etc as facilitators for practical drills and competence development of our studies.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I wish to submit that in Zaria Academy, we do not only have language programmes, we have trained and proficient team of teachers that are ever ready to equip our students for all-round academic success

Dept of Science

The Department of Sciences is one of the largest academic departments in Zaria Academy. It is made up of teaching staff and 3 laboratory technicians. The subjects covered by the department are physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science, Physical Health Education and Basic Science. These subjects are taught by well trained teachers with requisite academic qualification and working experience.

Science education is the bedrock for the scientific, technological and industrial development of any country. It is in pursuit of this focus that the department strives to produce students that can meet provisional admission standard into higher institutions to read courses like Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Biological Science, Agricultural Sciences etc.

It is a known fact that no country can attain sustainable economic growth and development without developing its scientific and technological sectors in a world that is practically depending on inventions and developments from the sector. Hence, the goal of the Sciences Development is to train and mold the fundamental structure of Zaria Academy students into future reputable and respectable scientists and in turn affect the nation positively.

The department has recorded outstanding academic performances over the years in both internal and external examinations most importantly in several national science based competitions in the country. Over the years, WASSCE and NECO results have consistently shown that an average of 95% of the science students in Zaria Academy passed the examinations aforementioned with distinctions and credits which has time again proved the dedication and devotion of the teachers. The departmental staff will not relent in training the students to always excel in any field they find themselves.

Dept of Mathematics/Computer Science

The ICT Unit is a section under the Mathematics and Computer department, responsible for grooming students with the requisite IT skills to thrive in this modern age within and outside Nigeria.

With an eye on the future of Education in Nigeria, Zaria Academy, with its highly equipped, ultra-modern computer laboratory, has positioned itself to offer structured IT based programs and Initiatives aimed at preparing her students for the rigors and IT challenges of the 21st century Higher education learning experience especially outside Nigeria.

One of the groundbreaking achievements to this end is in the area of Computer Based Testing (CBT) administration. With the on going trend, in which most external examinations (UTME and Post UTME) will soon be administered in CBT format, Zaria Academy has taken the initiative to create its own Computer Based Testing format which afford her students the opportunity to become better acquitted with Computer based test and hence, place them at a vantage point when faced with such challenges in external Examinations.

Other initiatives include the Zinox e-learning programme and the Standard Aptitude Test (SAT)/ Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation classes are also result oriented programmes which provides the student with hands-on preparation for their WAEC and NECO Senior Secondary Certificate Examination. 

Dept of Vocational Technology

From the inception of Zaria Academy, the Department of Vocational and Technical Education aims at preparing the learners for future career based on skills and competence needed in the work place. The department had produced excellent results in all the subjects over the period. For instance the WAEC 2013 result showed 80- 100% in all the subjects.

We have four sub-sections in the department with the following subjects taught: Accounting, Commerce, Creative Art, Home Management and Technical Drawing for the Senior Secondary level and Business Studies, Basic Technology, Creative Art, Home Economics at the Junior Secondary level.

Zaria Academy always recruits well qualified Vocational and technical teachers to teach in the department.

The National Policy on Education grouped the subjects taught in this department into two, pre-vocational for junior secondary schools while vocational is for the Senior secondary school. The pre-vocational subjects at JSS are compulsory for the students. At SSS level the subjects are grouped under elective. It is imperative to know that there is no nation that has developed without vocational and technical education. It is on this premise that the Federal Ministry of Education under the former Honourable Minister of education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai emphasized the importance of vocational and Technical education as a tool for eradication of unemployment among the youths in Nigeria.

The tripod system of education - the University, Polytechnic and College of Education are efforts made by the government to provide education for the generality of the people. Therefore the establishment of Technical Colleges is to further boost the vocational and technical education in the Country. Students should be encouraged to identify courses of their choice in the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of education. There are Federal Colleges of Education Technical for female students spread through the nation, example of such institutions in our geo - political zone is Federal College of Education ( Technical) Gusau. This will help to stamp out low enrollment of students into vocational and technical education.

Students, parents and guidance should be aware that there are three examining bodies in the country that conduct examination at the senior secondary school certificate examination (SSCE). They are West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO) and National Business and Technical Education Examination Board (NABTEB). The WAEC and NECO result just Staff in the department are committed to imparting the teaching and learning activities that will entrench the skills and competence that will produce the needed results and to move the students towards their future careers and ambition.

Academic Calendar/Schedules

The Academy's calendar will normally consist of three terms, each of thirteen weeks, as follow.

Term 1: The last week of September to the third week of December.
Term 2: The second week of January to the second week of April
Term 3: The first week of May to the last week of July.

The exact dates will depend upon any instructions handed down from the state or Federal Ministries of Education; the date of Easter; the expected dates of the various Muslim festivals; and the dates of other public holidays, as announced by the government.

The Christmas and Easter holidays will each last for three weeks. The long vacation will be about seven weeks.

Special provision will be made for students to celebrate the Muslim Festivals if they fall within the term.

DAILY ROUTINE MONDAY TO THURSDAY

TIME ACTIVITY
5:00 - 5:45a.m Wake up Bell/Morning Prayer/lugging
5:30 - 7:00a.m Cleaning duties and bath at the hostel.
7:00 - 7:15 am Students leave hostel for class area.
7:15 - 7: 45 am Cleaning classes and the school compound.
7:15 - 8:00 am Assembly.
8:00 Commencement of classes.
8:00 - 8:40 am Period 1
8:40 - 9:20 am Period 2
9:20 - 9:45 am Breakfast
9:45 - 10:25 am Period 3
10:25 - 11 :05 am Period 4
11:05 - 11 :45 am Period 5
11:45 - 12:00 noon Break
12:00 - 12:40 p.m Period 6
12:40 - 1 :20 p.m Period 7
1:20 - 2:00 p.m Period 8
2:00 - 2:25 p.m Lunch
2:25 - 2:40 p.m Prayer
2:40 - 3:30 p.m Extra lesson
3:30 - 4: 10 p.m Siesta
4:10 - 4:30 p.m Prayer
4:30 - 5:50 p.m Sporting Activities
5:50 - 6 :10 p . m Clean up
6:10 - 6:30 p . m Prayer
6:30 - 7:30 p am Meal
7:30 - 8 :45 p am Evening Prep
8:45 - 9:00 Pam Prayer
9:00 - 9 : 15 p.m Bed cheek / Light out.
9:15 - 11 :00 p.m Extended Prep, Senior Classes.

DAILY ROUTINE FRIDAY

NB from 5:00 am to 1:20 p.m the routine is the same with that of Monday to Thursday.
TIME ACTIVITY
1 :20 pm Classes end
1 :20 - 2:20pm Friday prayer/christian fellowship
2:20 - 3:0Opm Lunch.
3:00 - 6:O0pm Laundry / Asr Prayer
6:00 - 6:30pm Prayer
6 : 30 - 7 :30 p m Dinner
7 : 30 - 8 :45pm Evening Prep
8:45 - 9:00pm Prayer
9 :00 - 9 : 15p.m Bed check / Lights out.
9 : 1 5 - 11:OOpm Extended Prep, Senior Classes.

DAILY ROUTINE SATURDAY

TIME ACTIVITY
5:00 am Wake up Bell
5:00 - 5:30 am Prayer
5:30 - 8:30 a-m General cleaning of the Hostel.
8:30 - 9:00 am House inspection
9:00 - 12:00 noon Sports / Sports competition
12:00 - 1 :00 pm Club Activities
1 :00 - 1 :30 pm Prayer
1 :30 2:00 pm lunch
2:00 4:00 pm M.S.S / Christian fellowship
4:00 - 4:20 pm Prayer
4:20 - 6:00 pm sports
6:00 - 6: 10 pm clean up
6:1 0 that pm Prayer
6:30 - 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm Saturday Night Activity / Clubs
9:00 - 9: 15 pm Prayer
9:15 - 9:30 pm Bed check / Light out
9:30 - 11 :00 pm Private study Senior Classes

Daily ROUTINE SUNDAY

TIME ACTIVITY
5:00 am Wake up Bell
5:00 - 5:30 am Prayer
5.30 - 6:30 am Cleaning of the Hostel / Bath
6:30 - 9:00 am Morning Rest
9:00 - 1 0:00 am Break fast
10:00 - 12:30 pm Qur'anic lesson/ Church service
12 : 30 - 1:30 p m Siesta
1:30 - 2 :00 pm Prayer
2:00 - 2:40 pm Lunch
2:40 3:40 pm Assignment/Home wqrk / Free Reading
6:00 - 6:30 pm Prayer
6:30 - 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 - 8:45 pm Evening Prep
8:45 - 9:00 pm Prayer
9 :00 - 9:15 p m Bed check / Light out
9:20 pm Light Out
9:20 - 11:00 pm Extended Prep for Senior Classes

BEGINNING OF TERM

Students will normally be expected to report back for the beginning of term on a weekend so that classes can commence on the following Monday. The first meal that will be served will be the evening meal in the Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Students must register with their House staff as soon as they return, from which moment the normal school routine will be followed. A roll call will be held before the Sunday evening meal at 5:00pm. Appropriate action will be taken against students who return Iate without serious reason(s).

END OF TERM

The last full day of term will normally be a Friday. However, students will not be allowed to leave the school until the very Saturday morning of vacation at the earliest. The last Meal of the term will be breakfast, served on Saturday morning.