AFTER six weeks vacation, pupils and students of various primary and secondary schools across the country have resumed for the 2018/2019 academic calendar.
No doubt, many children are finding it difficult to get back to school routines because they have been accustomed to watching late movies and playing computer games on social media. These habits can make the first few week of resumption quite challenging even for the most motivated student.
As schools resume we have started witnessing the giddiness on the roads as school buses , erratic parents on school runs and frenetic commuting school goers cause hellish traffic with city workers.
Families have turned their attention to the new school year which is a time that, admittedly, is rarely met with excitement.
September is a month of school fees, financial frugality of books, new school bags and uniforms for the new school year.
School resumption has filled parents with dread and anxiety because of its huge financial implication as school fees have continued to soar higher. And for parents who for one reason or the other, their wards have to change school, the situation is more complicated.
Commenting on activities involved in school resumption, a parent, Bayo Akin, noted that going back to school can be stressful for children and families.
According to Mr. Akin, both parents and children must make the transition from easy long vacation to life to routines, schedules and homework.
“During the holiday, children’s activities are not regulated. They wake up whenever they like , they are free from academic activities but now, school has resumed, some are finding it difficult to adjust but after a week or two, everything comes back to normal”, he said.
Mr. Akin opined that school resumption has been stressful for parents in recent times due to the situation of the economy.
“ With the economic situation, it is not easy sending children to school in recent times because parents have to equip their wards by providing all the necessary items required for their children to have effective learning and performance in the new term” he noted.
Also speaking, a parent, Theresa Okoye, noted that there is time for everything, saying that the children have been on holidays and they are now back to school.
Okoye observed that parents face a lot of anxiety and stress at the beginning of first term, saying that it is a new academic session and children are moving to a new class or they are getting into a new school.
Contributing, a teacher in a private school, Shade Adigun, expressed happiness that school has resumed. She said that it was always fun to see the children back to school after each holiday.
“It’s fun to start unwrapping each child’s personality and figuring out how to help them learn and grow,” Adigun said.
At markets, bookshops and shopping centres, parents are still seen shopping for such items as school bags, shoes, notebooks and textbooks, among others.
A bookseller in Ibadan, Mr. Ebuka, blamed the high cost of textbooks on the present economic recession, which he pointed out had affected the prices of textbooks in the market.
The bookseller, who is particularly not happy about the development, expressed worry over the level of patronage by parents, which he described as very low and not good for the book business.
He noted that the government should concentrate on improving the economy for the well-being of the country so that the cost of education could be affordable to parents, saying “we sell what we buy.”