Rochas Foundation College has commenced its 2017/2018 academic session in Zaria, Kaduna State with 200 orphans and less-privileged students.
The foundation would provide free secondary education to the successful orphans and less-privileged students who passed its entrance examination into JSS 1.
Speaking during the registration exercise held at the college premises on Kaduna-Kano Expressway, Zaria on Tuesday, the Principal, Hajiya Rabiat Ibrahim said the foundation has been existing in many states for many years.
“But it is starting now in Kaduna, Bauchi, Sokoto and Adamawa States at the same time with ours here in Zaria.
“The foundation had established schools and such schools have being existing in Ibadan, Kano, Jos and other states for many years.
“Here in Zaria, we have admitted 200 students and so far, we have registered 152. We intend having no fewer than 500 next year by the grace of God,” she said.
On process adopted for screening students, the principal said there was an entrance examination conducted for the orphans and less-privileged students.
Rabiat added that the successful candidates were later invited for interview in line with the prerequisite process for gaining admission into the college.
“The students will be educated free and they will also be given free one square meal, free books, uniform and sandals.
“I want to use this medium to appeal to parents to be patient, sincere and honest, because the school is only meant for orphans and less-privileged persons in the society.
“Let them understand that there is a sanction for students found not to be in either of these categories and the sanction is dropping the child out of school,” she said.
Also commenting, Mr Okpo Kenechukwu, the Desk Officer/Coordinator of the Foundation, said that over 4,000 students applied for admission but only 2,746 took the entrance examination.
“The successful candidates were invited for interview, out of this number, 846 passed but we needed only 200 to start the college, so, we screened and came-up with the number.
“So, right now, we have more of orphans and single parents in the school and few of less privileged homes. A student must fall in any of these categories, before gaining admission.
“The foundation will give six years scholarship for secondary education and another four years scholarship for university education,” he explained.
On transportation of the children to school, Kenechukwu said the foundation would not cover that, but appealed to wealthy individuals, government or NGOs to donate school bus to transport the students.