By Dayo Adesulu
Schools across the country resumed academic session on Monday after about two months holidays. The first one month was the usual holidays for both pupils and students at the December, while the other one month was a compulsory political holidays to enhance full participation in the on going voters’ registrations.
The closure which received wide criticisms from stakeholders in the sector was however suspended this week even though the Senate had granted Professor Attahiru Jega four weeks extension but however opted for seven days extension which he said will not affect the closure of school, again. The question begging for answer is: How would parents, school teachers and the government make up for the lost month putting into consideration that students would have lost some memories and lectures as their WAEC and JAMB draw near?
On the part of Lagos State government, she has decided to employ over 500 new teachers into the state civil service whose disciplines are in Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology who will engage students in intensive coaching to enhance performance in those identified subjects. According to Lagos State Deputy Governor, Princess Adebisi Sosan, who recently said that those 500 to be absorbed will be deployed to run intensive coaching classes on weekends for those sitting for May/June external. What are other states doing in this regard? If the purpose of the recent school closure was political, then political office holders in the states should work out the modality of helping the students academically.
When Vanguard Education visited Muslim Junior College, Ile-Iwe, Egbe, majority of the students were busy with their academic work in their classrooms, while few others were outside the premises. Some of the students who identified themselves as Olaitan, Funmi and Ruqayyatu disclosed to Vanguard that the school is already working out the modality to make up for the lost one month by organising extra moral class for them to prepare them for the Junior WAEC slated for 28th March this year.
Moreover, it was discovered that the voters registration exercise is still ongoing in the school premises without disturbing the students’ study as Policemen were on guard to bring orderliness in the registration exercise.
It was also the same scenario in Ejigbo Junior and Senior Secondary Schools, Ejigbo, as most of the students were found in their classrooms busy with academic works at about 8:30am. The students who came late to school were severely punished as they subject them to kneeling with hands up in the open field.
In the tertiary institutions like Lagos State University, ( LASU), the story did not change as students were in their classrooms receiving lectures, while the new admitted students were busy with their admission process, indicating that the pupils and students were all willing to be back at school, considering the fact that LASU had stayed at home for over three month.