After the Christmas and New Year celebrations that attracted numerous spending by families, friends and loved ones, the preparation of parents towards the resumption of their children do often appear challenging in January, the first month of the Year. This is because responsibilities ahead are often not put into consideration during the festivities.
Hence, people experience financial constraints at the beginning of the year.
Correspondent, Rotimi Famakin, who looked at the preparedness of parents towards resumption in Ibadan, Oyo state capital reported that teachers and school administrators were putting finishing touches to their arrangements to welcome students back to school.
However, some parents expressed concern over the payment of their children school fees. One of the parents, Mr Dawud Afolabi appealed to the government not to hike the pump price of petrol as being proposed so as not to make living more stressful to the people. “There is no preparation other than to pray to God to provide for us. Preparation goes beyond monetary, material preparation also counts. We appealed to the government not to hike the fuel pump price as being proposed”
Mr Dawud noted that there was a paucity of funds everywhere.
While on preparation assessment visits to some schools in Ibadan, Radio Nigeria observed that teachers were on the ground getting their lesson notes and diaries ready while other non-teaching staff were sighted cleaning the schools’ surroundings.
At Oba Akinbiyi High school 2, Mokola, the principal, Mrs Oluwatoyin Ayodele said a staff meeting had already been arranged for today ahead of resumption. “that is why I’m in school today. We had a meeting with our Zonal head yesterday. We are having a meeting with our teachers today”
The situation was not different at the Shepherd Success Academy, Agbowo, Ibadan where the staff were cleaning the school premises and classrooms to make it conducive for the students.
In an interview, the Head Mistress of the school, Mrs Bolanle James said, parents should ensure that their childrens’ fees were paid early enough to forestall their wards from being sent away from school. “We appealed to parents to pay their children’s school fees on time before we lay them off.”
Mrs James appealed to parents to prepare adequately for their children’s early arrival to school for the timely commencement of classwork.