Kaduna decries low turn-out of students in public schools

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FILE PHOTO: Students in a classroom

The parents say they cannot afford to send their children to school

The Kaduna State Government on Tuesday decried the low turn-out of students in public schools, more than two weeks after the Sallah break.

The government said it is more worried that only a few of the new intakes into Junior and Senior Secondary Schools have resumed classes across the state.

The Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Education, Jummai Adamu, said in Kaduna that the state government is seriously monitoring the situation.

Ms. Adamu appealed to parents and guardians to send their children back to school as the first term examinations would soon commence.

“ School activities have commenced fully, yet some of these students have not resumed since after the Sallah break,” she said. “Most of the defaulters are JSS and SS one students”.

She warned that the state government would not hesitate to take appropriate action if such attitude continued.

Ms. Adamu reiterated the commitment of the state government towards reviving the ailing education sector for rapid socio-economic growth and to curtail social vices among youths.

She noted that poor attendance in schools would affect the attainment of the state government’s transformation agenda in the education sector.

A mother, Murna Sunday, said the late resumption was largely due to financial constraints.

She said most families have very low income, hence it would be difficult to send their children back to school, especially the new intake.

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