Over the years it has transformed into a vocational and academic institution operating under the 6- 3- 3- 4 system of education. This is a system that caters for pupils to have six years of Primary Education, three years of Junior Secondary Education, three years of Senior Secondary School or Technical and Vocational Education and four years of Tertiary Education. The Vine Memorial Secondary School for Girls formerly known as Roosevelt Secondary School for Girls was founded on the 23rd January 1952 by the Foreign Mission Board National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. It is presently run by the National Baptist Convention Sierra Leone. The school is located in the west end of Freetown around the Congo Town community.
At the end of Primary Education the Pupils will sit to the National Primary School Examination pass in this examination enables pupils to proceed to Junior Secondary School. At the end of the Junior Secondary School, pupils will take the Basic Education Certificate Examination which qualifies pupils to Senior Secondary School.
In essence the school has two sections the Junior Secondary School and the Senior Secondary School with two different heads.
The Technical and Vocational Education was introduced by the Ministry of Education as an alternative pathway to SSS. It targets pupils who pass in at least 4 subjects at BECE and demonstrate an interest in technical and vocational subjects.
The school provides holistic education for its pupils.
- The pupils no longer pay school fees.
- The government of the day is now subsidizing fees under the Free Quality Education Programme.
- The school has a Population of 2,137 Pupils with 1,079 in the Junior Secondary School and 1,059 in the Senior Secondary School. The Junior School has a teaching staff of twenty seven (27), and the Senior School has a staff of twenty nine (29).
Basic Education – This is the time when skills and attitudes should be brought to a satisfactory level of development. The core subjects at this level are Mathematics, Integrated Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies.
The Senior School offers four options – Home Economics, Business Studies, General Arts and Technical Vocational Education.
The curriculum aims to develop competence and apply functional knowledge in the various areas of study.
On completion of these courses the students would have acquired basic skills, knowledge and interest in their various areas of study.
As the motto of the school says ‘There is Dignity in Labour’, the school seeks to empower its pupils with skills that would adequately capacitate them for higher learning and education.
Education Pilot Overview
In Phase I of an eNeighborhood education implementation, we are setting out to locate a small number of schools to implement our education package in each of the countries with which we are working. These pilots are intended to:
- Make sure we have a clear set of localizations – this step involves translations of the user interface labels and directives and making sure that any local code values are correctly mapped to a common, standard set;
- Illustrate how the solution can effectively enhance student academic progress and
- Provide current cost data for running a school system with respect to local data access rates, transportation, and other logistics
An ideal candidate for such a pilot will:
- Currently have little or no computer technical capabilities – typically, one of the teachers maintains any technology in his or her spare time
- Be a junior or senior secondary school with 200 students or more
Education Pilot Facilities
This pilot will consist of hardware (computer, networking and solar energy), software and support services.
- Identity Management – if there is no national ID system in place, we have access to a product can be used to assign and manage ID numbers for students, staff, schools, assessments and any other item that requires unique identifiers.
- Online Education – this application combines student administration and online learning optimized for delivery to remote areas where the ability to manage IT equipment is limited, landline Internet services is not available, and the cost of wireless 3G/4G is very expensive.
- Student and class management for keeping track of students, classes, attendance, test and semester grades, etc.
- Classroom sharing – using closed-circuit videoconferencing, schools that are missing teachers for certain subjects (teacher shortages in remote areas) such as advanced science, computer programming and foreign languages can electronically share a classroom with another school who has such a teacher.
- An online library of eBooks, optimized for use in remote areas