by crossriverwatch admin
Pupils of public schools in Cross River State who have remained at home since the end of the summer holiday due to the ongoing indefinite strike by teachers in the state are not happy that they were left out of the independence day celebrations and march past at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
CrossRiverWatch went round Calabar to sample the opinion of some public secondary school students how they felt about the missing out from this year’s march past which was attended by students from only missionary and private schools in the state.
Glory Okima of Holy Child Secondary School said, “I feel it’s unfair because it is detrimental to our future as we are considered the future leaders of tomorrow, one day out of school means a lot.”
Kingsley Awatt of Hope Wadel Training Institute said, “The event was not exciting, the environment is not interesting as it would have been if those in government schools participated, it is cheating.”
Rejoice Daniel Andrew of Holy Child Secondary School said that “It makes me feel bad because the students are out of class getting to a month now and I know they are angry especially at the government, if I were in their shoes I would have been jealous not to have participated.”
Isaac Ogudu Eba of St. Patricks College said, “I feel bad because the place is scanty and I did not enjoy myself.”
Ogam Timothy Odey of Pinn Margaret Secondary Commercial School (one of the school on strike) said that “I feel sad that I could not participate in matching and other activities, this makes me feel like switching to a private school.”
They all appealed to the State Government to assuage their teachers and enable them return to school as soon as possible.
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