10 January 2013

Nigeria: Schools Re-Open With Promises

Parents are to be more involved in the learning processes of their children if plans of most schools are executed this term. Schools re-opened for the second term on Monday after the Christmas and New Year break across Nigeria, with grand ideas lined up for students.

Our reporter who went round Abuja, noticed that some schools resumed on Monday but they were mostly nursery and primary schools. Those spoken to indicated that they were resuming with new ideas for the children's learning activities, and to build on last term's programmes.

"For us in Doveland International School, Abuja, we are just going to develop on the activities that we have initially introduced so that we would be very good in whatever we are doing," the proprietress, Mrs. Tina Chukwu, said.

The school had been organizing a spelling bee programme for the pupils. The spelling programme which would be the third since it commenced would be remodeled so that the children would have a better spelling technique.

Parents will not be left behind in helping to enhance activities in the school as they would be involved in this year's reading activity with the theme, 'Readers are Leaders'. Parents would be invited to teach a topic they feel would make an impact on the children.

Improving reading culture seems to be a common theme running across schools in Abuja. School administrator of Premier Academy School said during their reading week, parents would supply the materials and also read to the students as a way of getting familiar with the students.

There would also be the science exhibition where the parents would assist the students in providing the materials. Also on the list of to-do activities is a workshop on cooperative learning which aims at encouraging students to get up in the classroom and teach their fellow students any topic they know well.

Also at Lela Blossom Nursery and Primary School, Abuja, something new is being introduced. According to the proprietress, Mrs. Abiola Oduwusi, a skill center to train the children on various skills is being set up. The center will be open to students in others schools to come and take part in skills acquisition exercises. She added that the skill center was to also take the children out of classroom activities and expose them to other learning processes.

On his part, a parent Tunde Adedeji appealed on teachers to strictly monitor the children's performances especially in the aspect of their morals. According to him, most of the children "who come from decent homes learn very dirty habits from the schools and bring them back home."

Similarly, academic activities resumed in Ebonyi on Monday as schools reopened for the second term of the 2012/2013 academic session. Teaching and learning promptly commenced at both public and private schools in the state. At Urban Model Secondary School, Abakaliki, Government Technical College, Abakaliki, Presco Secondary School and Holy Ghost Foundation Schools, Abakaliki, among others, teachers were busy instructing the students.

Messrs Innocent Agbo and Stephen Okeh, the principals of Urban Model Secondary School and Govt Technical School respectively, said it was a tradition in the Ebonyi school system for academic activities to resume on the re-opening day. They said their schools recorded 100 per cent attendance by teaching and non-teaching staff members.

But in Enugu, poor attendance marked Monday's opening of the second term of the 2012/2013 academic session. A visit to some of the schools in the state capital showed that a few students and teachers reported for classes, especially in public schools.

In some private schools like May Blossom Schools, Carmelite School, New Era, St Paul's School and Verod School, the students were prompt in resumption. The headmistress of May Blossom Schools, Mrs Patricia Mgbemena, said: "We will start our normal lessons today, so any parent keeping his child or ward in the assumption that classes will not commence should have a re-think."

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