I write as one of your wards’ teachers and hope you see this piece as one from your friend. I understand how much you try to give your children the best education they deserve even when government schools no longer satisfy your taste. I am also aware of how you secure several loans to ensure your wards never suffer the same fate you endured while growing or the harsh realities you are facing today. You are truly amazing!
Many schools in Abuja resumed last week and I saw how excited the learners were to see their peers after a long while. It was also a moment for the new students to blend with the returning ones. My broad smile at all my learners was a great gift to them. Only a few of them had seen me happier. But my joy was short-lived when we had settled into our respective classes and some of your wards were looking sad because you had not paid their school fees and the school refused to give them notebooks and textbooks. The pain was visible and I could only imagine what their prayers were. Their heads were constantly on the desk while their eyes remained red. They suddenly started wondering why you sent them to be embarrassed when you knew you could not pay early as other parents had done.
Feeling excluded and stigmatised is one of the most noticeable effects of being refused education. When a child sits in/outside the classroom because their parents are unable to pay the fees, they may feel left behind, inadequate, and worthless. Meanwhile, their classmates attend classes, participate in learning activities, and make academic progress. This sensation of exclusion can result in low self-worth, reduced confidence, and negative moods.
Additionally, the psychological effects of fee-related denial of learning may have an impact on a learner’s interactions with teachers and other adults in authority, such as school administrators. Students could internalise their anger or animosity towards these individuals, forming a negative view of authority and education. This might obstruct the formation of helpful and supportive relationships in the classroom, which are essential for students’ overall growth and development.
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In conclusion, it is fine for your wards to resume school on the second week of resumption when you would have paid their school fees. You could also arrange for an education fund account for your children. Consider taking them to schools you can afford yet they offer quality education.