Residents of Ofunmwegbe, commonly known as Okada Junction in Ovia South West Local Government, have appealed to the Edo State Government to come to their aid and rebuild the only primary and secondary schools in the area. community that are in a dilapidated state.
They also noted that several appeals in the past have not been answered positively, while decrying a situation where students sit on the bare floor to receive lessons.
Lamenting the poor condition of the schools, the Chairman of the Community Board of Trustees, Imuentinyan Ighodaro, said on Tuesday that the poor condition of the schools had led parents to withdraw their wards.
He said: ‘The school was unfenced and that allowed thugs to come in as well and vandalize the place. As we speak, there are no more windows and all the roofs are damaged. There are no ceilings, no chairs and children are currently sitting on the bare floor to learn and because of this many parents are pulling their children out of school.
“The floors are also broken. The whole school is in very poor condition. We have a block of six classrooms and another block of five classrooms. We have government teachers there, but they are not enough.
“We urgently want the government to come to our aid and put the school in order for our children. They should renovate it and erect a fence to secure it and keep thugs out. If the government is able to do so, the community will provide security personnel to guide the schools.
A staff member from the State Universal Basic Education Board, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the state government is taking a holistic approach to school rehabilitation.
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