Many pupils at the run-down Uwheru Grammar School in Uwheru, Delta State’s Ughelli North Local Government Area, lack chairs in their classes.
When NDV visited the school, the principal’s office, staff room, and other buildings were in absurdly shaky condition, and numerous classrooms were missing their chalkboards and window shutters.
The wind has blown off the roofs of some structures, and no one seems to be taking any action to address the problem.
When the school’s Old Boys Association invited him in December of last year, for its 50th anniversary, HRM Simpson Obruche II, the Odion R’Ode of Uwheru Kingdom, said he was in tears. He went on, “What I saw was an eyesore, that was not a school, and there is no school there again.”
HRM Obruche used the occasion to call on the Old Students Association of Uwheru Grammar School to come to the rescue, saying that the association was unable to bring the school back to standard due to the destruction of the principal’s quarters, teachers’ quarters, classrooms, library, and other facilities.
He said that the people adore education and pleaded with the Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, and the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education to look into Uwheru’s predicament.
Mrs. Rose Ezewu, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, did not answer calls or messages left on her cell phone.
“As a government, our governor wants more for Deltans; he wants a conducive learning environment for all of our children, and Uwheru Grammar School is no exception,” stated Sir Festus Ahon, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
“If the school is in poor condition, as you stated, the government will take immediate action to inspect it and replace any outdated facilities so that our people can learn in a suitable environment.”