Pupils and students in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Monday, defied heavy downpour to resume schools.
The FCT Administration had shifted resumption date from September 4th and 5th to September 18th 2016 (for boarding schools) and September 19th 2016 (for day schools).
During a visit to some of the public primary and secondary schools to monitor the resumption, it was observed that academic exercise resumed in earnest.
Some of the schools visited included Government Secondary School (GSS), Wuse zone 3 and Festival Road Primary School, all in Garki District.
At the Senior Secondary School in Garki, Area 10, the Principal of the School, Mohammed Nabayi, disclosed that a total of five hundred, out of the eight hundred students turned out on the first day.
Speaking, Acting Secretary, Education Secretariat of FCT Administration, Musa Maikasuwa Yakubu, expressed delight with the impressive turnout at the schools.
He expressed satisfaction that the change agenda of the Federal government was really permeating the system.
According to him, the schools’ inspection would be a continuous exercise.
Yakubu advised pupils, students and teachers alike to not only maintain the momentum, but also ensure that their academic performance was improved upon.
He said, “We are very pleased with what we have seen because in spite of the fact that it rained heavily this morning, students and pupils were able go to schools
“And the fact that the students are ready for the teachers only means that they should be more serious with their job.
“The teachers have had their pre-resumption meeting in all the schools so they are ready; they have prepared their lesson notes and scheme of work. The environment is also ready to absorb all manner of children from any part of the country.
“FCT is the centre of unity, and as such we are always ready to accept pupils and students at any time they come. We are aware of the exodus of school children from private.”