Written by Austine ELEMUE

State of Education in FCT: Education scribe weeps

It was a sight to behold as the secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Education Secretariat, Senaor Isa Maina, could not hold back tears during the just concluded inspection of public schools by the State Education Board, SEB, in the nation’s capital.

Members of the board were left stunned at the decay, and deplorable conditions pupils are subjected to in attending schools.

The board members were confronted with pupils taught under trees, some subjected to bare floors, other under caving roofs, and yet others with different grades sharing one classroom.

For instance, at Government Secondary School, Kabusa, described by a member of the board, Mr. Sunny Sylvester Moniedafe as ‘one of the worse seen’ primary and junior secondary schools share the same classroom and receive lectures simultaneously.

Speaking at what confronted them, Maina said: “I am very saddened. I can’t imagine what I am seeing. This is not a learning environment; these are supposed to be our children”.

At GSS Kwali, Mr. Moniedafe could not hold back and kept muttering; this is a very sad story! Very very sad! This is GSS Kwali! We have to do something immediately! And we will!”

At the school, the roofs had all caved in, while the boarding facility lacked mattresses with the few ones crawling with bed bugs and filthy.

Speaking on their finding, the secretary of the education secretariat pledged that though the task was enormous, the administration would rebuild and equip the most of the schools and make them conducive for learning, stressing that some of the schools in remote communities were abandoned as they had concentrated on the city centre for too long.

“I have directed the chairman of UBEC to take a comprehensive audit of schools to enable us take up this challenge this 2018. My heart bleeds for what I see. It is totally unacceptable, this rot has taken place over the years, on my honour, changes will take place here this year," Maina stressed.

Our correspondent gathered that after visiting LEA Primary school, Zuba where two schools were combined in one location, he proceeded into a remote community of Tunga Ladan in Gwagwalada Area Council.

In Zuba, some children were observed seating on bare floor in the classrooms, just as the head teacher confirmed to our correspondent that, apart from the squatter school in their premises, the LEA school alone has 4,632 pupils.

While in Tunga Ladan, the only school which was established in 2005 by ETF has become inadequate as two classes were observed sharing same space.

The roof of the building was completely blown off with the ceilings either removed or hanging dangerously with the sky clearly visible from the classrooms.

The head teacher told the visiting team that whenever it rained they sent the children home as they could not learn in the rains.     

 

 

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