The Founder

Late Mr. Jim O. Ufuoma


Our Saviour Group of Schools was established by Late Mr. Jim O. Ufuoma. Mr. Jim Onitsha Ufuoma obtained his primary school education from Ogwashi-Uku Primary School in Ani-Ocha Local Government Area of Delta State in Ibo land. After his Primary school education, the catechist of a Catholic Church in Eku his village who observed his fervency in Catholicism recommended him to a Rev. Father, one Father Folly in Sapele to be employed. Sequel to the recommendation, he was employed by Father Folly as a primary six teacher in a Catholic school at the other side of River Ethiope. Not satisfied with primary six certificate, he took the entrance examination of a famous teachers’ training college, St. Thomas Grade II Teachers’ Training College in 1954. It was a four – year course. He graduated in 1958. As teaching in those days was automatic for any teachers’ training graduant, he was posted to Warri Diocese automatically. After a few years of teaching, he was made the headmaster of St. Augustin’s Primary School, one of the biggest Schools, by the Catholic Reverend Parish Manager. As his work was outstanding in the school, the bishop of the Diocese, Bishop Nwaezuapu encourage him to avail himself of the offer of admission which the University of Ibadan gave to him. Thus he was admitted into the University of Ibadan in 1965/1966 Session to study on scholarship. He graduated at a record time of three years with a B.A. Honours degree in education. He was one of the best brains recruited by the Ministry of Education that year of graduation. After his B.A. Honours degree, he proceeded to obtain a master’s degree in in education in Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He taught as a graduate teacher for two years, and he was made the Principal of various Secondary Schools and teachers’ training colleges, some of which were Isiokoro Teachers Training College, Evwreni Teachers Training College and Ziks Grammar School in Sapele where he retired in 1994. He retired with lots of what he would change in his school if he were a school owner. He then proceeded to establish a nursery, primary and Secondary school with the name “Our Saviour Group of Schools” so that he could change some inadequacies that he saw in public schools, some of which were nonchalant attitude to punctuality, lack of sympathy by teachers to students and pupils, examination malpractice, poor and unreadable handwriting, assisting the government to bring up quality children in Nigeria’s colleges who can stand on their own in any university, etc. He was prompted to write a book called Basic Studies to groom pupils and students on good and readable writing, which the students and pupils use in the school presently. He was able to change the aforementioned inadequacies with teachers and students in his school long before his demise. He was a great disciplinarian, an academic icon.