As schools resume nationwide for academic activities after the Christmas and New Year break, secondary schools in FCT recorded low turnout of students.

A visit at some of the schools show that most of them were deserted as skeletal academic activities were going on.

At the Government Secondary School, Area 10, Garki, few students were spotted in classes having lessons.

Mr Salawu Ishola, the school’s Vice-Principal (Administration), said that no fewer than half of the students population reported to school for resumption, while majority of the teachers reported.

“Sincerely speaking, it was an average attendance, just about half the students’ number; for the teachers, at least 80 percent of them resumed.

“Probably, some of the students are running away from cleaning; they think that they will be used for cleaning and clearing of the bush if they come to school.

“At least they will clean their classroom and environment before they settle down for lessons; the new order is that, teaching must take place on the day of resumption,’’ he said.

According to him, normal teaching has started as there is a new directive from the Universal Education Board that normal academic activities must commence immediately schools resume.

At the Government Secondary School, Tudun Wada, Zone 4, few students were seen milling around, while the principal and teachers were in a meeting.

A handful of students were also seen playing as a security man resisted attempts made by the correspondent to talk to the students.

The Model Secondary School, Maitama, looked deserted, while few students were seen strolling in.

The Vice-Principal (Administration), who declined to disclose her name, said she did not have the right to comment on the turnout of students.

She said it was the duty of the chairman of the FCT Secondary Education Board to comment on the issue.

“Issues concerning school resumption and others lie on the FCT Secondary Education Board.

“She has sent out her inspectors and they were here this morning; they will go round the schools and report back their findings to her,’’ she said.

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