It is absolutely difficult to believe that a primary school in 21st century Nigeria still wears such deplorable looks as that of gudu gudu and Ogoni primary school all in Aghalokpe, Okpe local government of Delta state.
The area is in a sorry state as the classrooms is normally heavily flooded during rains as a result of leaking roofs When this happens, the students generally have running battle against the being in school. Most times, there will be no classes, just the students will then be playing away in the rain, while others quickly retire home.
It is always intriguing to come around this schools any time it rains as the entire scenario can compel a pregnant woman to experience miscarriage just as it can also force tears out of the eyes of the strong and mighty. Perhaps, the most worrisome aspect of this show of shame is the shanty structure called school building.
Some of the classrooms has no roof while others are mere death traps. The whole episode sounds like a fairytale even as it looks like a theatre scene. Some residents of the community said it was insulting for such a school with obsolete facilities to be associated with an oil producing state like Delta, it is even more shameful when viewed against the backgrounds that the current speaker of the Delta State house of Assembly is from that local government. Victor Onoge is an indegene of Aghalokpe community
He said: ‘I cannot imagine that this is are Primary schools meant to prepare our children for the challenges of tomorrow. In fact, this is a clear manifestation of a show of shame.
I live a stone’s throw from these schools, so I can talk authoritatively on this matter. The physical outlook of this schools is against what modernity and civilization represent.
I am shocked that this is happening in Nigeria the so-called Giant of Africa and Delta State for that matter. If I had not seen things by myself, I will not have believed it. I am using this medium to call on the state government to act quickly so as to re-fix this schools. There is no way a student can do well in such ugly circumstance.
The ogoni and gudugudu primary, School Aghalokpe, Okpe local government is a good study guide on how most public schools in Delta state have suffered untold decay and negligence. The schools has shortage of staff and regrettably there is no staff room for teachers who cluster in the corridors as their official office. It is always horrible for the teachers any time it rains as they normally run helter-skelter for cover.
Worse still, the dilapidated structure currently used as classrooms in Ogoni primary school is disheartening , is more or less, like a mad man’s abode. The roofing sheets are corrugated and shattered, the floor is not properly paved and the open classrooms which are highly disorganised follow one another without any form of decency , they do not provide any good atmosphere for studies.
The whole thing stinks.
The gudu gudu primary school only have one uncompleted building ,it looks more or less like a poultry farm, a close look at some of the classrooms show there are no blackboards to teach the pupils, the classes are built without a blackboard, this is the extent education has gone down in Delta state. As funny as this may sound, it is the gospel truth as any one in doubt can go and find out his or herself
It is the wish of the students of those schools to enjoy conducive atmosphere of studies so that they can be taught well and pass their exams with good marks.
To this effect, Governor Okowa and the speaker of the Delta state house of Assembly should consider it as a matter of urgency by rescuing schools in Delta , especially the above mentioned schools, in Aghalokpe, from imminent collapse. The entire place is stinking and the only thing he can do now is to act quickly.