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Anambra schools commence new session in high spirit

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PRIMARY and post primary schools in the state recorded high turnout following the resumption of classes for the 2019/2020 academic session.

As usual, new entrants in the nursery, Junior secondary and Senior secondary cadres are expected to resume academic studies this September.

At the infant Jesus Nursery/Primary School, Awka and  St. Patrick’s College, Mission Schools in Awka, teachers, parents, pupils and student were present doing the needful of organizing themselves for the new academic session.

A visit to Igwebuike Grammar School Awka saw teachers, parents and students busy attending to the business of the day.

The principal of the college Dr. Raphael Anaekeokwu, who spoke to the press, noted that the attendance for teachers was over 95 per cent while old students of the college were present too.

Dr. Anaekeokwu appealed to the state government to make haste in completing the JSS 2 block, as well as the examination block in the college.

At  Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia, the new principal of the college, Revd. Augustine Chukwujekwu Otiji reported the impressive turnout of teachers and students for the new school academic session.

Revd. Otiji used the forum to request the state government’s attention in the complete fencing of the college, upgrading of its technical section, combating its erosion challenges, and the recruitment of more teachers in the institution.

A visit to  Urban Girls Secondary School, Fegge Onitsha, unfolded teachers, students and parents busy attending to the business of the day.

The principal of the college, Lady Franca Ego Obi (phD) reported the impressive turnout of teachers and students for the new academic session.

Dr. Obi made a passionate request for the provision of more classroom blocks for the college which has a large population and expecting more.

Also at the Eastern Academy Girls Secondary School, Onitsha, teachers and students were on hand attending to their academic engagements.

The principal of the College, Dr. Mrs. Stella Umunna reported an impressive turnout of teachers and students.

A visit to the St John of God Secondary School, Awka, recorded teachers and students in their offices and classrooms attending to their academic engagements.

In a press interview, the principal of the college, Lady Anthonia Nwanekie reported that the institution recorded about 97% attendance for both teachers and students and held its resumption tests.

Lady Anthonia listed some of the demands of the college to include recruitment of more teachers, especially for the science subjects, maintenance of the classrooms in the school, re-equipping the school’s laboratory, tackling the erosion challenges facing the college and renovating the principal’s office.

On the itinerary of the chairman, Anambra State Basic Education Board, Chief Patrick Ugboaja, during the resumption of schools, he reported that he monitored resumption of primary and post primary schools in Orumba South, Orumba North and Awka South Local Government Areas and recorded impressive turnout by teachers, pupils and students in the schools monitored.

Meanwhile, Chief Ugboaja announced that the petition filed against ASUBEB and the Ministry of Education by the State House of Assembly for recruiting 26 non indigenes out of the 51 teachers recruited in Awka North Local Government Area has been addressed.

According to him, investigations have proved that 18 out of the 26 persons said to be non-indigenes who appeared before the State Assembly Committee for education have been verified to be indigenes of Awka North LGA.

The remaining eight  will also appear for screening.

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