Udakpa community cry out for help over lack of teachers in Govt Sch.
…. Udakpa Secondary School has just two govt paid teachers.
18th January 2022.
Following the media campaign of Urbanscoopmedia/Magazine concerning the ruins in Udakpa Secondary School, socour came as NDDC built a 3 blocks of classrooms and was followed by Senator Clifford Odia intervention who also built a 3 blocks of classrooms for the school.
However, it is said that the school is not just the building but also comprises of a sound and robust teaching staff. Even as there are indication that any school that don’t have SS1, SS2, SS3 can not enroll external candidate for WAEC in any government Secondary school in the state. I’f this is allowed to happen many schools including the Udakpa Secondary School will be affected leading to merger with other nearby schools or may be eventually closedown.
This information alone is already causing panic among teachers and residents of the community as the affected schools will loose prospective external candidates from within and outside the community.
As at press time, Udakpa Secondary School has just 2 government paid teachers as disclosed by a community leader who spoke with Urbanscoopmedia/Magazine after meeting with the school principal yesterday.
According to him, “In my Community, we have Udakpa Secondary School Ubiaja. The only government owned secondary school serving over 8 communities namely: Udakpa, Ahia, Eko-Ogheyen, Ukhuanlen, Oria, Ikeken and Onogholo. This Central School as we speak is facing a serious issue and the school is at the verge of collapsing owing to lack of teaching staff”, he lamented.
“I was in my community yesterday and and I met the principal of the school, she complained to me bitterly. She said that in the whole school, the junior section only have 2 teachers why the senior section have no single teacher. As a result, students have refused to come to the school because there are no teachers to teach them. This is worrisome”, he lamented further.
He therefore cry out to Edo State Government and other appropriate agencies to come to the aid of the school by providing more teachers for the school to avoid a situation whereby the school will be deserted and closed. According to him, “I will like to make an appeal to the relevant stakeholders to come to our aid. This is a Central school serving many neighbouring towns and villages. It will be a de-service to those who cannot afford the fees charged by the private schools. Government owned schools are suppose to have the best standard but in our time, the case is different as there are no teachers in public schools. Please come to our aid before it’s too late”, he appealed.
Another community leader who spoke to Urbanscoopmedia/Magazine called on the the State government to send teachers to the school, and member representing Esan South East Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly to use his good office to influence the Edo government to send teachers to the school at this time when the state is recruiting teachers.
Responding in a telephone call, the member representing the constituency in the state house of assembly, Hon. Ojiezele Osezua Sunday (Ikpenomhen), told our correspondent that help is on the way, as the state government has taken steps to employ and train more teachers. He regretted over the situation, adding that it’s not peculiar alone with Udakpa secondary school, as schools like Bosco secondary school Ubiaja, has just two teachers under government payroll, and it took the efforts of Community self help to employ more teachers in the affected schools even as they are still not enough.
He added that the situation is experienced in virtually all the local government areas in the state, as corp members have refused to do their primary assignment in the village schools, even those deployed to Government schools in the villages are redeploying due to lack of potable water, electricity and accommodation which the school is expected to provide.
Hon Ojiezele Osezua Sunday, disclosed that he has been spending his personal money alongside with Community Development association, in employing teachers and taking care of their needs as he said he won’t relent in doing his best to meet the needs of the people. He added that only two weeks ago, he spent N200,000, in fixing the water bore hole for corp members serving in sacred heart model secondary school at Ubiaja.