The secretary, Education Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Senator Isa Maina almost broke down in tears yesterday, when he visited some Local Education Authority (LEA) primary schools in Gwagwalada area council.
At the LEA Primary School, located in Tunga Ladan village, Maina was shocked that the only school in the village, which was established in2005 through the Education Trust Fund (ETF), has become inadequate for pupils, as two classes were observed sharing one classroom.
Also, 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. In LEA Zuba, which has about 150 pupils in one class, some pupils were seen seating on bare floor in their classrooms, while teachers use pupils’ desk for their writings and markings, during the school hours.
The headmaster of the school, Mohammed Salihu told newsmen that the school has about 4,632 pupils, even as it battles with inadequate space and ever increasing number of children. Speaking with journalists at the end of the visit, Maina directed the FCT Universal Basic Education Board (FCT-UBEB) to take a comprehensive audit of schools in the villages, to enable the secretariat take up the challenges in 2018.
“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. My heart bleeds for what I see. It is totally unacceptable,” he said. He assured that the education secretariat would rebuild and equip the primary schools and make it conducive for learning, noting that some schools in remote communities of the territory have been abandoned as government had concentrated on the city centre for too long.
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