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FCTA Education Secretary Orders Students To Refrain From Cultisms, Drug Use, Bullying

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) through its Education Secretariat has urged pupils to avoid cultisms, drug usage, bullying, and stealing.

This charge was made by Malam Sani El-Katuzu, the mandate secretary of the education secretariat, during a school resuming inspection in the Kwali Area Council of the Territory.

He also urged school administrators to implement measures and rules that would require all students, day and boarding, to report to class on the first day back from a break.

The Secretary made it clear to the students and kids that they should not waste the first week at home because academic activities start on the first day.

He, however, who rated the schools visited high in neatness and average in the turn out of pupils and students, but appealed to parents and guardians to always prepare their wards ahead of resumption to avoid wasting their time.

Reacting to the low turn out recorded in one of the Boarding Schools visited in Kwali, El- Katuzu said the FCT Administration is not unaware of the difficulty some parents go through, but insisted that they do their best to ensure that the students don’t miss out in test and first week lessons.

According to him: “Our observation in City Center is that students resume almost immediately. But unfortunately in Kwali,we have some little difference. The resumption is not too poor, but actually not too good. We expect a situation where students turnout will be more than 60%”

“We have spoken to the school Administrators to use their initiative to see that they introduce policies that will attract students to resume school immediately. However, we are also aware that because of the security situation, especially in Kwali and Abaji, sometimes, resumption is not as immediate as expected. But, that not withstanding, we will continue to talk to school Administrators to ensure that students resume on time” El-Katuzu explained.

Meanwhile, the Principal Government Science Technical College Kwali, Mr Oyawale Olusegun confirmed that most of the parents whose children were yet to resume, gave excuses that they have not been able to prepare their children back to school due to the impart of the harsh economic realities.

“Nearly 50% are yet to resume; the reason being that some parents are complaining that they are yet to prepare fully for the coming of their children. But we started lessons on Monday, he said.

Surprisingly however, a visit to Junior Secondary School Kwali, revealed that over 95% of students have resumed.

The Principal of the School Mr Ogonye Yakubu Shedrach who said the school has a total number of 1200 students, said over 1100 have resumed and lessons commenced since Monday with first test written by students on every subject.

He said: ” The Students population so far is within the range of 95% turnout.The total number of students is 1200. We went round the classes and the classes are almost filled up. The first two days were used for opening test. After the test teaching commenced fully” Shedrach said.

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