In Preparation for the new academic session, parents, teachers and students recounts their challenges and excitement as the session draws near.
It would be recalled that students have been on two months holiday during which some participated in summer coaching, while some travelled and other stayed at home helping their parents with one or two house chores.
CSNEWS spoke with some parents, pupils and teachers on their preparation towards the commencement of the new academic session.
A father of two kids, Mr. Yusuf Ayinde said he has been working in order to ensure that school fees for the new term are paid as at when due to enable his children resume on the date of resumption.
He said “I am prepared and the kids are definately prepared too. I cannot wait for them to get back to school, they have been sitting at home for too long due to the long holiday.”
A mother of three, Mrs. Chinwe Aliogo said “The school fees and cost of books increased a little and that is quite disturbing. I really don’t know why school increase fees always at the end of a session.” she added that the increment in fees was a bit worrisome at first but she had to pull resources together with her husband in giving their kids a qualitative education.
She also added that her children have been away for holiday and also prepared to get back to school.
Mrs. Rukayat Balogun said she cannot wait to get her kids back to school as they have been quite troublesome and playful throughout the holiday. “I can’t wait for them to be back to school, at least I can have more time to dedicate to my work rather than trying to control them all day.” she added that the increment in fees and uniform were some of the challenges she faced.
” I went to the school last week because I wanted new uniforms for my children, only to discover that the price has been increased. Cost of materials were some of the excuses given by the school.”
Mr. Femi olorunyomi said the cost of books due to the new syllabus were some of the challenges he faced but quickly added that it was no problem as the results of the school’s teachings is evident in his kids.
“The cost of books, fees and accommodation were some challenges. I implore the schools to always give adequate notice to parents before implementing these policy.”
Unlike the parents, some of teachers said that more weeks should be given to give them ample time for preparation. A teacher, Bunmi Oloyede of Modern day Nursery and primary school, Lagos said “Teaching is part of me and I am so happy and look forward to seeing those kids again after such a long time.”
She said her only challenge would be to wake up very early in order to prepare her children for school and yet get to school before 8am.
“It is not easy having to prepare your own kids for school and yet resume by 8am, after getting used to the long holiday. Nevertheless I am prepared.”
Mr. Oluade Johnson of Prime Spring, Lagos said “we have been occupied with summer coaching throughout the 3rd term holiday and given just a week break before resumption of school. I feel another week should be added to give us enough time for rest and preparation.”
He also added, “I look forward to seeing the kids again, I have been with them throughout the coaching although not all of them.”
A pupil of Brainpoint college, Lagos Bolade Oreoluwa said, “I can’t wait to be in school and reunite with my friends again.”
A student, Halimat Yusuf, wished the holiday would be extended, “I can’t say I have missed school but really I want the holiday extended.”
Halimat added that “waking up by 6am to get prepared for school is a challenge for me after such a long break.”
A pupil of Seylek Lagos, Dora Edoh said she can’t wait to be in school and show off her new school uniform to her friends.
“I can’t wait to be in school to show off my new school uniform and tell stories of Ekiti state where I spent my holiday to my friends,” she said.