Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
An impressive turnout of students and pupils was recorded on the first day of resumption of public schools across Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as school children in their thousands defied an early morning downpour to attend classes.
Recall that the FCT Administration had penultimate week extended the resumption date for the 2016/2017 academic calendar for all public primary and post primary schools in the FCT, from September 4th and 5th to Sunday, 18th September 2016 (for boarding schools) and Monday, 19th September 2016 (for day schools) respectively.
However, a visit to some public primary and secondary schools in the nation’s capital yesterday revealed that while many school children were seen moving around picking up dirt and sweeping their classrooms, in readiness for full learning session, some were seen learning in their respective classrooms.
Some of the schools visited include; Government Secondary School (GSS)-Wuse zone 3, Festival Road Primary School and two Government Secondary Schools, all in Area 10 and Area 11 of Garki District.
At the Senior Secondary School in GARKI, Area 10, the Principal of the School, Haruna Mohammed Nabayi, disclosed that a total of five hundred students were recorded on the first day of resumption, out of the eight hundred students on the school’s register, which is about 80% turnout.
And most of the students in their separate interviews expressed joy over the resumption of schools, saying they are very ready and eager to continue their learning process.
Speaking to newsmen during an inspection tour of FCT schools to assess the level of turnout of students and pupils, Acting Secretary, Education Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Musa Maikasuwa Yakubu, expressed delight with the impressive turnout at the schools.
He observed that when the team visited some of the secondary schools, the classes were almost filled up, which he said shows that every body is ready for full academic activities.
“We are very pleased with what we have seen; because in spite of the fact that it rained heavily this morning, students and pupils were able go to schools, and some of them are still coming.
“And the fact that the students are ready for the teachers, only means that they should be more serious with their job.
“The teachers have had their pre-resumption meeting in all the schools, so they are ready-they have prepared their lesson notes and scheme of work.”
According to him, the school inspection will be a continuous exercise, as even at the zonal level across the six Area Councils; the inspection is also going on there.
On what could be responsible for the impressive turnout of students on the first day of resumption of schools, he said; of course everybody is really serious, because it seems that the change agenda of the government of the day is really moving into the system.
“And I believe we should be able to move with time, so if you do not change, of course the change will change you,” he stated.
He adds “The environment is also ready to absorb all manner of children from any part of the country.
“FCT is the centre of unity, and as such we are always ready to accept pupils and students at any time they come, we are aware of the exodus of school children from private.
He therefore advised pupils, students and teachers alike to not only maintain the momentum, but also ensure that up the tempo of academic activities, in order to improve learning and performance in the schools.