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Parents and Teachers Raise Concerns Over Dilapidated Infrastructure at Owode Community Primary School in Ogun State

Parents and educators at Owode Community Primary School in Ijako-Ota, Ogun State, are expressing distress over the deteriorating state of the school’s infrastructure. Upon a visit by PUNCH Metro to the school on Thursday, it became evident that the once-vibrant facilities had fallen into disrepair, leaving behind damaged equipment and crumbling structures.

Teachers and concerned parents shared their frustrations with PUNCH Metro, emphasizing that the inadequate learning environment was adversely affecting the academic development of the students.

Pius, one of the teachers at the school, conveyed, “Owode has over 42 Community Development Associations. As big as this place is, we have just two government schools and they are not properly equipped. The two supposedly government schools were built by the community itself. In 2014, the school building collapsed. In time past, the students had their classes on the field without a roof over their heads.”

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He added, “A Non-Governmental Organisation came from abroad to build the school after the storm from scratch. The NGO found the community via a video on social media showing the disturbed state of the children.” Pius noted that while the government had contributed only two classrooms, most of the school’s development had been carried out by private individuals.

Highlighting the dire circumstances, Pius lamented, “The school has not experienced power supply for about two years. Students sit on abandoned stoves and broken chairs to learn.”

Another teacher, Babatunde, echoed the concerns about the school’s infrastructure, appealing for government assistance to address the pressing issues.

A distressed parent, Eniselu, disclosed, “Security in the school is zero due to the lack of a fence. Thieves come to the school regularly to steal. We are at God’s mercy.”

Responding to the situation, Ayobami Arigbabu, the Commissioner for Education in Ogun State, affirmed the government’s past interventions in the school. He stated, “There are two interventions by the government in the school. The first intervention was in 2010/2011 while the second intervention was in 2012/2013. Ogun State has 1,657 primary schools. In 2013, the intervention reached over 2,000 schools. We have over 1,000 proposed projects that will commence this year. The schools that did not benefit from the previous projects will benefit from the current project.”

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Arigbabu encouraged the school’s management to maintain consistent communication with the authorities to ensure that essential needs are identified and addressed promptly. As parents, teachers, and officials alike seek to rectify the lamentable state of Owode Community Primary School’s infrastructure, their efforts underscore the crucial role that adequate learning environments play in fostering quality education for young learners.

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