There was poor turnout of students in primary and secondary schools in Bayelsa State as schools resumed for the second term of the 2021/2022 academic session.
Recall that the State Government had announced that the official resumption date for all public and private secondary as well as primary schools was Monday 3rd January, 2022 but it shifted it to Tuesday, 4th because of the public holiday.
Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Education, Mr. Christopher Ewhrudjakpo had made the clarification in order to correct the rumours making the round alongside other dates of resumption.
When our correspondent visited some schools in Yenagoa the state capital on Tuesday, December 4, it was observed that only very few students and teachers had resumed.
Some of the students were seen playing football while others formed themselves into groups to discuss how they spent their Christmas and New Year break.
It was also observed that some private schools defied the resumption order of the government, as they had already fixed their resumption date for Monday, January 10, 2022.
According to a teacher in one of the public schools, the low turnout of students was as a result of the conflicting reports about the actual resumption date, noting that when the confirmation came on Monday, it was already too late for most parents to prepare their children.
A man who identified himself as Cletus Atta, said no harm would have happened if the government had allowed the students to rest for another one week like their counterparts in other states.
“I understand the students have lost a lot. The Covid-19 pandemic and the flood issues but I don’t think asking them to resume today (Tuesday) was the best. Yes, the government wants them to catch up like their counterparts but another one week won’t be of any harm.
Our correspondent noted that Bayelsa and Lagos State Government had fixed January 3, 2022 as resumption date for second term.