By Dayo Adesulu
Primary and secondary schools nationwide have resumed for the second term of the 2009/2010 academic session. While private schools commenced academic work on Monday this week, the very day they re-opened, teaching did not start in some public schools in Lagos that day as the school authorities fully engaged the pupils and students in cleaning of school premises.
However, the resumption date presented the school children the opportunity to reminiscence on their experiences during the four-week holiday. As recounted by the school children, many of them were unable to travel during the holiday due to fuel scarcity. In fact, the fuel crisis hampered movement within the Lagos metropolis so much so hat the number of children at the various amusement parks that dot the city of Lagos reduced drastically when compared with the figure recorded during the previous yelutide seasons.
Many students however, admitted that they engaged in menial jobs during the holiday to make some money so as to be able to purchase some of their needs which their parents cannot afford as a result of the biting economic situation.
Many school children were also engaged by their parents in street hawking despite the fact that the Lagos State government has banned the risky business. they hawked sausage gala, pure water, bread and other consumable products during the holiday.
Students of tertiary institutions were not left out of the struggle to make both ends meet. A student of the University of Ado-Ekiti, who simply identifies herself as Patience did the odd job of cleaning her neighbours houses through which she made some money. She said that she decided to do this menial job instead of engaging in prostitution, adding that she does not read during the holiday but uses the period to work and make some financial gains.
Miss Oluwashola Owojuyigbe, a 300-Level student of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo State devoted the holiday to travelling and reading, adding that she spent at least two hours daily reading as she intends to come top of her class this year.
She said: â€œMy new year resolution is to work harder academically. I have resolved not to associate with any student of questionable character. This year, I promise never to disappoint myself as Iâ€™m determined to proceed for my degree at the completion of my NCE programme in November 2010.â€
Bidemi Falemara, an 100-level student of the University of Ado Ekiti spent the vacation in assisting his father in his fashion designing business. he said he learnt the art before he gained admission to the university, having been understudying his father over the years.
He said: â€œDecember is a busy period for my father. Since I was on holiday and equally good in tailoring as my father, I gave him a helping hand. But I studied at night.â€