Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 January 2013

Nigeria: FGC Kwali Turns Students Back for Resuming Late

Students of Federal Government College Kwali in Abuja who reported for school on Monday were ordered to return back home for resuming a day after the scheduled date.

Parents who took their children to the College on Monday were shocked when management announced to them that their children would be denied entrance into the school's premises for reporting late.

The parents who had no prior knowledge of management's decision, pleaded for leniency but their pleas were met with stiff resistance.

The children were ordered to return home and report back on the 27th of January, three weeks after they should have resumed.

Many students who were not escorted by their parents, managed to pass the night in the college's hostels but had to leave their property at the security post.

However on Tuesday morning, the principal and some members of staff fished the children out of the hostels and told them to stand outside the school gate.

A parent who did not want to be named said she received a call from her children on Tuesday morning saying they were stranded outside the school.

When Daily Trust contacted the school's Senior Boarding House Mistress Mrs. Okoye she said management decided to take the decision because late resumption had become a recurring experience among students which most times cost the school up to two weeks academic gap.

Okoye said the parents had been informed before hand in a newsletter issued at the end of the term and the college was only enforcing the instruction.

She however said those who had genuine reasons for coming late on Monday were allowed to resume.

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