By Chioma Nnodim
Education Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has expressed satisfaction with the over 85 per cent resumption of secondary school students for the new academic year in the FCT.
The acting Secretary of the secretariat, Malam Abdulrazeq Leremoh, stated this in Abuja on Monday, while briefing Journalists after monitoring students and teachers’ resumption in some schools within the city.
Some of the schools visited included Government Science Secondary School, Pyakasa, Model Senior and Juniors Secondary Schools all in Maitama and Women Education Centre, Wuse.
Others are Christabel Schools, Wuye, a non-state school and Local Education Authority (LEA) Primary School, Jahi Express, Abuja Municipal Council, FCT.
Leramoh said that monitoring the schools was part of the secretariat’s ritual at the beginning of every term to monitor students’ resumption and teachers’ preparedness.
He added that the visit would also enable the secretariat to address any issue that requires urgent attention.
“We are satisfied with the turnout of students and teachers’ level of preparedness as the new term begins.
“In most schools visited, we recorded more than 85 per cent of students ‘ attendance. This is excellent for us,’ he said.
He said that, so far, there was no issue in all the schools visited, adding that the secretariat would await reports from all schools, detailing their critical needs.
He said that all schools would be supported based on needs, including recruitment of teachers where needed as part regular support to schools to enable them deliver quality education.
While at LEA Primary School, Jahi, the acting secretary commended Venture Furniture Nigerian Ltd, for rehabilitating a classroom and a toilet facilities in the school.
He urged other organisations to work with the government to improve the quality of teaching and learning in public schools in the FCT.
However, the Director, Department of Quality Assurance, Dr Favour Edem-Nse, assured parents of regular school monitoring to ensure adherence to minimum standards.
One of the students, Abiakam David of Government Science Secondary School, Pyakasa, said that his target for the term was to be the best student in his class.
David also said that he would study hard to make his parents and teachers proud.