Following the complete collapse of Ebeyi Nvosi Community School, a community in Isialangwa South local government area of Abia state, the leaders of the grossly under-developed village have called on the government of the state to urgently come to their aid before the once lively school goes into extinction.
Speaking with Abia Breaking News on Thursday, the village head where the collapsed school structure is domiciled Mr. Christian C. Akwuruoha said a part of the school where renovation has been effected was done through the efforts of the community. He expressed dissatisfaction that not much of the government’s presence has been felt by the community.
He however said the Speaker of Abia state House of Assembly, Hon. Chikwendu Kalu has assured the community that he will take up the project of rebuilding the collapsed structure.
Investigation by Abia Breaking News reveals that few teachers who work in the community school were not on their duty post as at 9am. Our correspondent gathered that the renovated block does not contain chairs for the pupils to sit and learn, a situation that has forced the pupils to sit on a bare dusty floor for learning.
On a second visit as at 10:15am, our correspondent was received by one of the two teachers on ground who gave his name as Gideon Nwachukwu. He expressed displeasure over the years of neglect the school has faced. He lamented that the teachers have no office space and chairs, a situation our correspondent confirmed.
Taking our correspondent round the environment, he expressed sadness that teaching the students without necessary tools, library and other things has become a difficult task. Mr. Nwachukwu also said non-payment of salaries has also dampen the morale of teachers. Our findings indicated that the Headmaster’s office has been totally overtaken by rodents.
Another member of the community who does not want his name in print said this situation has forced many parents and guardians to withdraw their children and wards from the public to a relatively functional private schools in the community.
Similarly, the story was no different in another community Amaiyi Nvosi Community School visited by our correspondent. The head teacher Mrs. Orji Evelyn Chinyere said lack of classroom blocks has forced the combination of 2 or more classes in one hall. She also stated that in some cases, the junior and senior classes sit in one hall, backing each other during lessons.
She thanked the community for taking up the repairs of few classroom blocks in the school, but appealed to them to speed up action to complete the job.
The pupils were also seen conducting their morning devotion without any form of supervision by any of the 3 visibly unmotivated teachers around.
All efforts to reach the Abia State Commissioner for Education for comments were unsuccessful.
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