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Govt, union blame parents for low turnout in schools

28 June 2012, 15:06

 Kaduna - Kaduna State Government and Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) have blamed parents for the poor turnout of students in schools despite the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in the state.

The curfew was imposed on the state after bomb attacks on three churches in Zaria and Kaduna on June 17 and the reprisals that followed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while teachers have resumed work, the turnout of students is very low.

The director of schools at the ministry of education, Malam Ya’u Jumare, said the state government had directed schools to resume immediately after the crisis to enable students to make up for lost time.

"Teachers have resumed work, but most parents have refused to send their children to school," Jumare said.

He said it was regrettable that the poor security situation was adversely affecting the education system.

"This is gradually affecting the education sector," Jumare said, adding that the Junior School Certificate Examination scheduled for Monday, June 25, was shifted to July 2 because of the crisis.

"Despite the poor attendance in schools, the examination will commence on Monday and there will not be any make-up for those that opt to miss the examination," he said.

Jumare said the state government and the National Examination Council would work-out a new timetable for the subjects that were not written during the crisis.

Meanwhile, the state NUT chairman, Mr Audu Amba, has appealed to parents to send their children and wards to school.

Amba said the union had called on its members to resume work and put in extra time to make up for the time lost.

"My colleagues have since resumed work and are ready to put in extra time to make up for the days lost but parents' nonchalant attitude to education is worrisome," he said.

He blamed the poor standard of education on the attitude of parents.

"You don’t just leave everything to the teacher. You also have to go through your children’s books, attend PTA meetings and open days to be able to discuss with teachers the performance of your child," Amba said.

He called on parents and stakeholders to help in resuscitating education to tackle poverty, youth restlessness and crime in the society.



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