▪ LICEF School is a non-profit making private school run as a day - school by the Lusaka Islamic Cultural and Educational Foundation, (from whence LICEF derives its name). It is situated on a 12-acre campus in Lusaka, (the capital city of Zambia), in the centre of one of its suburbs called Madras, and is at the junction of Burma Road and Indus Street, being adjacent to the Metropolitan Sports Club with which it shares the club's sporting facilities on a mutual basis.
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▪ Founded in 1981, (commencing as a nursery class housed in the current clubhouse of Metropolitan Sports Club), it was primarily meant for the benefit of Muslim children but was, (and always has been), open to all. Today, the various racial, religious, cultural and ethnic groups are represented by the school's diverse student population, all of whom are studying in a conducive and a harmonious environment.
▪ Today, the school comprises a nursery section, (pre-school), a primary section, and a secondary section, all housed on one campus with a total enrolment in the region of 1000 learners hence making it one of the largest private schools in southern Africa. Enrolment begins at the tender age of three-and-a-half years into Nursery One and a thirteen-year study programme culminates in Grade Eleven, (while a fourteen-year study programme, which was introduced in 2008, culminates in Grade Twelve), when the learners are between the ages of sixteen to eighteen years.
3. THE GENERAL COUNCIL
▪ The members of LICEF, (through its representation on a twenty five-member General Council), set the policies of the school whilst the day-to-day administration of the school falls under the administrative staff which comprises of the Principal, (currently this office is vacant), the Administrative Manager, the Primary School Head Teacher and the Secondary School Head Teacher.
▪ The curriculum offered is an enriched version of the Zambia Basic Education Syllabus culminating in the Cambridge International Examinations either at the end of Grade Eleven or Grade Twelve depending on whether the boy is doing a two-year or a three-year 'O' level programme. Girls do a two-year 'O' level programme only.
▪ Learners are prepared for entry into the secondary school via the recently-introduced internal "Checkpoint Seven Exams", which replaces the GRZ, (Government of the Republic of Zambia), Grade Seven Exams, the latter no longer being an entry qualification into Grade Eight for LICEF.
▪ Similarly, the JSSLE, (Junior Secondary School Leaving Exams conducted by the government), has been replaced by LICEF's internal "Checkpoint Nine Exams" which is the entry qualification, (apart from other requirements), into Grade Ten.
5. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
▪ The academic year runs from January through till November/December with three academic terms. End of term holidays are usually three weeks after Term One, four weeks after Term Two and five weeks after Term Three. As LICEF is an Islamic school, days of Islamic significance, (which vary from year to year), are declared as school holidays resulting in an absence of a mid-term break.
▪ A piece of land has recently been acquired in the vicinity of the present campus. This plot has been earmarked for the development of a separate nursery school with an increased intake of four streams per year resulting in a maximum intake of one hundred and twenty children at Nursery One level. Work on this land is in the end-stages and occupation of the classrooms is envisaged for Term 2 of 2010. This in turn will lead to an effective double-streaming of both the genders from Grade Three to Grade 11/12 inclusive on the present campus.