PHIL OKOSE, Onitsha
Residents of Federal Housing Estate, ’33’, Onitsha suburb, Anambra state, have cried out over lack of primary and post primary schools in their area which prompt their children to trek far distances outside the area for schooling.
A mother of three who simply identified herself as Mrs Okereke, told Daily Champion that, “it sounds funny that a Federal Government project, (Federal Government Housing estate) has no primary and secondary schools.
Every morning my three kids will trek to schools outside our area at their own peril because government at the state and Federal levels could not provide schools for children of the area.”
“I urge Governor Willie Obiano and Commissioner for Education, Hon Keth Omenugha to do something about it now because it is our children here in ’33’ not Federal Government children that suffer it.
Some trek to Oyolu primary school and Nkwelle-Ezunaka High school that are ouside their domain risking their lives on daily basis”
Also reacting, a teacher who pleaded anonymity, said that, “as a teacher I know what it takes me to go out of this place to another community government school to teach because there is no primary school here talkless of having secondary school.
Some parents have even relocated to areas where their kids will have easy access to schools so that they will not be in trauma whenever their kids go to school”
In his own contribution, the state chairman of Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme said that, “the problem of lack of primary and post primary schools in the area has resulted in school children being involved in ghastly auto accidents, molestation and kidnapping as they trek far distance to schools.
He commended the virtues, dedication and selfless efforts of the Provost of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe, Mrs Ngozi Osegbo, inculcating high moral standard , discipline, excellent academic performance and fear of God to both staff and students of the institution.
“She is conscientious, articulate and assiduous in her work towards transformation of the school academically, morally and physically and as such deserves commendation and emulation”
On the lack of schools at the Federal Housing Estate “I advise the Governor and Education commissioner to visit the area and see things by themselves.
They will see that for years now the residents have been without schools and the hazards of trekking outside one’s domain to acquire educational knowledge need not be told”
The CLO boss also called for the establishment of blind and talented schools for both indigent/physically challenged and brilliant students as means of encouragement to those handicapped.
“I also commend the state government for laurels won by our students and want the government to recognise private individuals who publish good books like Chief Polycap Emenike, for their books to be in the school curriculum”
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