From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
As primary and secondary schools reopen for the new year across the country, the Kogi state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoyà has expressed bitterness over the low turnout of students and pupils in schools for resumption with an appeal to parents and guardians to release their wards to resume school without further delay.
The commissioner, who expressed the feeling when she monitored some schools in Lokoja, to ascertain the response for their resumption for the second term of the 2018/2019 academic session in the state, appealed to parents to release their children to resume learning.
The commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministey, Eric Aina said she had directed officers of the ministry from the Quality Assurance department and Basic Education to commence monitor of school resumption in Lokoja metropolis.
Aina, however, told journalists that: “So far, we have visited a reasonable number of schools and we are impressed and satisfied with the turnout of teachers as against the insinuation that the date of resumption was postponed.
“For example, in the Ministry of Women Affairs Primary School in Gadumo, out of the 21 teachers on the staff nominal role, 20 of them have resumed and they are on ground.
“However, the turnouts of students and pupils are very low. We are using this opportunity to appeal to parents and guardians to release their wards to return to school,” Aina said.
The Director, Quality Assurance of the ministry, Mr Ibrahim Zakari, said that the monitoring team for the resumption of schools was divided into three, for proper monitoring across the state capital.
“The exercise is also going on in the 21 LGAs of the state. We have visited about 30 schools in Lokoja, and the turn out of teachers have been very impressive.
“We urge all learners to resume schools so that teachers can commence teaching in earnest.“
The Principal of UBE JSS, Gadumo, Mrs Christiana Basaki, told our Correspondent that she was very happy to see the monitoring team from the ministry, saying it would further motivate the teachers for improved performance.
One of the students, Paul Musa in JSS 1, told Our Correspondent that he was very happy to resume school and excited seeing all the teachers, in his school, on ground.
Some of the schools visited included Govt Day Sec. Sch., and Formwan UBE JSS Adankolo, Freedom Faith Sec. Sch., Nurun-Mubeen Int’l Sch., Baptist Nursery, Primary Sch., Lokoja, among others.