As the State public Schools resumed for the third term of the 2016/2017 academic session yesterday, teachers have been charged to redouble their efforts to ensure high academic standards.
The Secretary, Ondo State Teaching Service Commission, Dr. (Mrs) Arinola Akinsete gave the charge during an unscheduled visit to some Public Secondary Schools in Akure metropolis yesterday.
Akinsete, who expressed her satisfaction on the high attendance of teachers and Students in all schools visited, tasked the teachers to see teaching job as a noble profession and a builder of lives and so they should always ensure productive outcomes in their various fields.
Dr. Akinsete also advised parents to provide all necessary learning materials for their wards to sit-up for proper academic learning.
Schools visited by the TESCOM Secretary are St. Louis Grammar School, Oyemekun Grammar School, St Dominic Grammar School and CAC Grammar School all in Akure.
Meanwhile, turn-out of students at different schools across Akure the Ondo State capital was impressive.
The Hope gathered that many schools had started their principal tests already while others will commence theirs today.
The principal of St. Micheal Catholic High School Akure, Dr. Gabriel Akinwunmi who was enthused about the impressive turnout of students on the first day of resumption said almost all the students were present for the first day of the final term in the 2016/2017 academic year and eager to start the school year.
According to him, there is a culture of diligence, decipline and hardwork for which the school is known and upheld to date, adding that the first day of school is for cleaning and arrangement of all the needful while the principal test starts today.
He therefore urged the students to study hard in order to move ahead saying the rule for promotion is sacrosanct and can never be bent nor changed for anyone.
" We encourage our students to study harder than before, their priority must be to study harder than they did last term as promotion will always be on merit," he said.
To the parents, Akinwunmi implored them to give all it takes in ensuring that their wards have a successful school year adding that it goes a long way in the life of a child who will succeed.
Also, the Vice Principal of Aquinas College, Mrs Adenike Dolapo affirmed the impressive turnout of students on the first day saying they were eager to start the school work and also the principal test.
She thereby urged the students to check their roaming and lazy attitude and sit tight for the new term adding that " the term is the determinant of all their works for the whole session and should not because of anything throw away a year of their lives."
She urged that progress can only come when is work is done. She enjoined the parents to prepare their children for the work ahead of them in school by providing all the necessary accessories like food, uniforms, books and all that will ease the school work for them.
At Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School in Akure, the story was the same as students filled classes expecting the principal test to commence.
The Vice Principal of the school, Mr. Joshua Osogbon, he said the good performance of the school is based solely on personal efforts coupled with God's help.
He therefore advised the students to give their best in order to get the best result, adding that adequate preparation is needed in the third term to scale all barriers and fill the loops created in the first and second terms.
"The need to move ahead in one's education is important and if you don't meet up with your mates, it may be challenging."