By Amos Ogunrinde/Rotimi Famakin

Public private Primary and secondary Schools across Ekiti State today resumed for the first term of the 2023/2024 academic session.

Radio Nigeria roving correspondent, who monitored the resumption, observed that nearly all the schools offered prayers to usher in the new academic calendar.

The schools also tidied-up their premises while some were seen cutting grasses and others exchanging pleasantries.

Some of the schools visited were Government Science College, Iyin Ekiti, Deji Fasuan Model College, Christ Boys School, Christ Girl School, SAM/JEWEL Schools, Blue Crest Group of schools and Covenant Academy, all in Ado Ekiti.

Speaking with Radio Nigeria, the founder of Blue Crest Group of Schools, Mr Bolu Akomolafe and the proprietor of Sam/Jewel Schools, Pastor Okuyemi Emmanuel expressed happiness at the turn out of students being the first day of resumption.

They, however, called on parents to allow their children to resume so as not miss out from teaching and learning.

In an interview, some pupils, who said that they enjoyed the long holidays,, also thanked God for the grace given unto them to resume in good health.

The Commissioner for Education, Dr Kofoworola Aderiye had earlier directed heads of schools, teachers and students to begin academic activities on the first day of resumption.

The buses provided by the Ekiti State Government to convey workers and students to ease the cost of transportation were equally seen at major routes taking students to their Schools and workers to their offices.

Equally, in Ogun State, pupils and students of public and private primary and secondary schools as well as government technical colleges resumed for the first term of 2023/2024 academic session.

Radio Nigeria correspondent, who monitored the resumption, reports that the hustle and bustle, especially the traffic jam that usually characterized school resumption, had returned to the state capital after the long term break.

A visit to schools in Abeokuta, Iaro, Sagamu and Ota areas of Ogun State showed an impressive turn out of students along with the enrollments of new students into the junior classes.

A student of Trinity College, Ijaye Abeokuta, Mokunnola Kamikunre expressed excitement for returning  to school after the break.

A teacher, Mrs Temitope Omogboye from  UBE Model Nursery and Primary School, Olorombo, Abeokuta who said the turnout of students was impressive, appealed to parents to release their children early for the academic activities.

Mrs Omogboye explained that the welcome test conducted for students was to refresh their memories and prepare them for the new academic term.

A parent Mr Kolawale Akin said there was the need for Federal Government to address the current inflation which he noted was affecting the economy.

Meanwhile, adequate facilities have been put in place such as new furniture and learning materials supplied, as well as classification of senior secondary school one students into classes.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Science and Technology, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu made this known while monitoring school resumption across the state.

Professor Arigbabu explained that the cancellation of various levies was part of the present administration’s commitment to further ensure education for all, tackle out of school menace and promote free qualitative education for the citizenry

Similarly, in Ibadan the Oyo State capital, academic activities commenced in private and public schools for 2023/2024 academic session.

Radio Nigeria correspondent, who visited some schools in Oluyole Estate, Apata, Mokola, saw students at the assembly ground praising God for witnessing the new academic session while administrative officers attended to the new students.

A senior school teacher Mr Seun Akinwale said academic activities commenced immediately, pointing out that teachers had resumed a week earlier to prepare ahead of resumption.

The head teacher, Kingdom Heritage Model School, Apata, Mrs Jumoke Oluyemi said schools needed to increase their school fee because of the economic situation of the country.

Some parents, while expressing their views, lamented increase in school Fees and other educational materials.

They called on government to promulgate policies that is economically friendly to alleviate the plights of people.

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