New school year: Parents groan under economic hardship

(September 19, 2016) It is another resumption time for students for a new academic session after the long vacation. Usually, this is the time for parents to prepare children with most of the things they would need to have a smooth schooling year.As most primary and secondary schools resume for the 2016/2017 academic session, the current economic challenges have adversely affected the way parents gird up their children and wards for schools resumption.

While some students would resume at their schools, some others especially in private schools would have to resume in another school because they could not afford school fees charged by their former schools

Tobiloba Hassan, a JSS 2 student of a private school in Lagos told Radio Nigeria that his parents had withdrawn him from his former school to a public one because they could not afford the fees any longer.

Another secondary school student, Master Daniel Johnson could not go back to school this time around with beverages and some other provisions because his parents could not afford them.

As a student of a private school in Lagos, Abbdull Kolawole said his parents were yet to pay part of his tuition fees even as he returned to school.

Some parents blamed the challenges these children enumerated on the current economic challenges facing the country.

A school proprietor, Mr. Joel Osita said the economic situation has taken a heavy toll on student enrollment  in his school.

On the part of government, there is hope at the end of the tunnel.

The deputy governor of Lagos state, Dr. Idiat Adebule who also oversees the education ministry called on Nigerians to be patient with government saying efforts were being made to address the nation's economic challenges.

While the nation awaits a better economic situation in the country, it is hoped that students would have a smooth and fulfilling academic calendar.

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