Primary and Secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), that reopened on Monday for the second term, recorded high turnout of students.
The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who visited some of the schools, reports that students were seen in their numbers receiving lectures from their teachers.
At the Government Secondary School (GSS), Garki, the Principal, Mr Haruna Nabayi, told NAN that out of the 980 students in the school, 484 were in school on the first day of resumption.
“ The school has just resumed its second term academic activities and we are expecting `bumper harvest both in academic and in number.’
“We have 980 students population, out of this, 484 have resumed and hopefully before the week runs out, all the students will resume. It is an indication that parents know we are serious. ’’
Also, Mr Haruna Nabayi, Principal, GSS Tudun Wada, Wuse Zone 4, said teachers had resumed work fully and called on students who were yet to resume to do so.
“We are expecting the students to focus more on their studies as much as the teachers are ready to work, so there is need for them to study day in and day out.’’
While reacting to the fixing of elections during school calendar, Nabayi said the elections would not disrupt academic activities.
“Fixing of elections has nothing to do with the school system because the elections are on Saturdays and it will have no effect on schools, ‘’ he said.
Mr Agbambu Ramah, Head Boy, GSS Tudun Wada, who spoke, called on students yet to return to do so.
Similarly, Miss Khadijah Muhammad, an SS 3 student of GSS, Tudun Wada, appealed to students to begin the term with zeal and determination.
NAN also spoke with head teachers of some private schools on the resumption and fixing of elections during the school calendar.
Mr Seth Mmadufor, Head Teacher, God’s Power Academy, while commending parents for releasing their children for the second term, called on those who travelled to return as soon as possible to enable their children be in school.
On the elections, Mmadufor called on the Federal Government to consider fixing elections when children were on holidays to avoid disruption of academic activities.
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“ Fixing the elections during this period is really going to affect parents and students.
“Sometimes you hear parents saying they may not come back after the festive period till the general elections are over.
“ What the government should do in subsequent elections is to carry along education stakeholders, INEC and the rest to fix a convenient date for elections.’’
Similarly, Mrs Olabisi Abiina, Proprietress, Eshaddai Academy, called on the government to show increased commitment to the development of education.