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Poor attendance mars school resumption in Enugu

Sunday, 18 September 2016

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By Gideon Arinze & Ogochukwu Asogwa, Enugu

(Enugu, Nigeria) Empty classrooms, bushy environment, poor attendance and loitering students were the scene observed at different schools within Enugu metropolis as academic activities begin.

The Vice Principal, Queens School Enugu, Mrs. Benedict Odike blamed the situation on parents poor attitude to their wards resumption to school.

She made this known when Newslive reporters visited some schools located along Annang Street in Enugu metropolis to ascertain the level of academic readiness as schools resume in the state.

According to Mrs. Odike, most parents prefer their children to stay back and help out in some household chores instead of resuming early.

"Parents discourage their children from starting school on time, because they will be asked to do some labour as soon as they resume," she said, adding that labour is part of learning.

She noted that teachers have been coming around ever since school resumed which was an indication that they were prepared to teach.

She advised parents to imbibe the culture of encouraging their wards to take their academics seriously by sending them to school as soon as it resumes as it will go a long way to help them in their academic endeavours.

"As soon as we resume school, we begin classes we even administer kick up text to the students as a way of encouraging them," she said.

At the New Layout Secondary School, few students were seen loitering around the school premises, even as some of the classes visited were scanty.

One of the teachers, Mr. Christian Ezeigwe who spoke to Newslive about the situation described poor students turnout as a "normal thing."

"In every academic session, students don't resume early. If you go to the villages, the case is worst," he said, while advocating for a change in the attitude of students.

The story was however different when the reporters visited City Girls Secondary School as over 80 per cent of the students turned out.

According to the principal of the school, Mrs. Chinwe Nwosu, attendance improved tremendously.

She attributed the turn out to the kick off text which according to her was introduced to encourage students resume on time.

"We are serious about it and it helps students refresh their memory". "We use it as part of their assessment as it carries 10 per cent. If a student fails to resume on the first week of resumption, he/she is failing already," she said.

She decried the attitude of parents who are in the habit of discouraging their children from resuming early.

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