This Ondo Public School Is Crying For Help
The terrible sight of learning infrastructure in some community schools in Ondo state is just enough reason for certain pupils to close the chapter of education in life.
This is the scenario that plays out in Aponmu Community High School, Akure south LG, Ondo state where about three different classes are clustered in one classroom.
It was revealed that the Community High School which was founded 38 years ago by the first civilian governor of the state, Adekunle Ajasin was just one out of many cases of abandoned public schools in the state.
This woe of unpardonable neglect of public schools by successive administrations was further compounded by the recent rainstorm that damaged many school buildings across the three senatorial districts in the state.
Speaking with our correspondent, the PTA chairman of Aponmu Community High School, Mr Fashola Richard Oluwasegun pointed out that the PTA efforts could no longer sustain the school as government had placed an embargo on collection of any form of money in whatever guise.
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"A three-classroom block which was built by Education Trust Fund (ETF) during the tenure of the late Dr. Olusegun Agagu which was meant to serve only SSS 1, is now serving SSS 1 to SSS 3.
(Photo: A classroom in Aponmu Community High School)
"As a saving grace, the hall that was being used for meetings by PTA is now partitioned to accommodate two classrooms even as students of SSS 3 write their examination in an inconducive environment.”
A student disclosed that they have been learning under harsh conditions and pleaded that government should do something about it.
“Whenever it rains, the students feel discouraged to come to school because the classrooms are flooded while teachers also work in terrible conditions, the PTA is doing its best, but Ondo State Government’s attention is needed urgently.”
Reacting to the development, the Ondo state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi noted that the state government has awarded over 500 contracts for the renovation of schools across the state.
He however blamed the occurrence on the previous government.
“If the immediate past administration in their eight years had embarked on renovation of schools, there would not have been dilapidated buildings in schools across the state."
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