By Dogara Bitrus, Maiduguri
Parents and residents of Iwopin Waterside Area (OWA) of Ogun State are outraged over lack of furnitures and other learning infrastructures in the only community school in their area as students of St. Kizito Senior Secondary School (KSSS) write their promotional examinations on bare floors of classrooms.
The students currently writing the third term promotional examinations which commences in July, 2022, have to make do with stones as their sits or they sit on bare ground to write their exams.
The roofing of the classrooms are also in bad condition as they are licking heavily each time it rains. This is in addition to lack of learning materials like blackboard, chalk and textbooks which are ideally supposed to be supplied by the government.
Chairman of the KSSS Alumni Association, Kabiru Abass, while speaking to journalists on the poor condition of the education sector by the Nigerian government made reference to the kizito senior secondary school where he graduated from and declared that; “The Ogun State Government should address the lack of infrastructure and other school facilities including classrooms, teachers and staff rooms.”
He said the condition of learning in the school is unacceptable and degrading to teachers, students and their parents as the government has completely abandoned the school despite numerous pleas by parents, teachers and old students for intervention which has so far fell on deaf ears.
According to him, the Ogun Waterside Local Government Area schools are generally in poor conditions as their are no enough classrooms and teachers as well as learning materials across majority schools in the area.
He noted that this is an issue that has been ongoing for a very long time now.
On the equipping of school, he said: “At the Alumni level, we have done a lot. We are the ones that renovated the whole laboratory for the students.
“We ensured that the laboratory has all the necessary facilities to provide a conducive learning environment for both teachers and students but we cannot provide all the infrastructures because of paucity of finance.”
Besides, he added that the Alumni renovated the Corps Lodge, where National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members lodged during their national service.
Continuing, he said: “We are procuring some school desks and chairs, but not in large quantity due to funding,” pledging that other alumni members will provide some school furniture and other teaching materials.
On sustaining the school for students, he said: “We have met with the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) of the school about three times on how to renovate the school.”
He, therefore urged government to support the school by providing conducive learning environment for the students.