Deteriorating State of Schools Revealed as Gbaramatu Youth Council Begins Tour

The Gbaramatu Youth Council (GYC) has embarked on a tour of schools across the Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State, revealing alarming conditions and infrastructure challenges. Led by Comrade Kingsley Egbejule Aerebo, the council’s assessment highlighted critical issues affecting education in the region.

Kere Primary School, Egwa, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta State.

At Kere Primary School in Egwa, only two out of four government teachers remain due to recent vandalism and theft at the school. This has resulted in a significant drop in student enrollment, from 12 at the start of the term to just 3 currently. Concerned by these developments, GYC urged parents to ensure their children attend school regularly.

Okerenkoko Primary School, despite having a substantial student population from primary one to six, faces a severe shortage of teachers. Currently, the school relies on National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to fill teaching positions. However, parents’ reluctance to purchase educational materials and inadequate security are ongoing challenges.

Meanwhile, Okerenkoko Secondary School struggles with accessibility issues, lacking essential facilities like a laboratory and adequate security for its staff.

Pepe-Ama Primary School presents an even grimmer picture, with only two teachers managing classes and one of them using a classroom as living quarters. The school operates without electricity and faces security challenges, making it difficult for teachers to conduct classes effectively.

Kokodiagbene Secondary School, abandoned for over five years, has fallen into disrepair with serious infrastructure deficiencies. Rev. Oreva Peter, the school’s Vice Principal, called on authorities to address these issues promptly and improve access to essential facilities.

Kenyangbene Primary School, dealing with flooding issues that have damaged infrastructure, lacks basic amenities such as doors, windows, and adequate furniture. The school struggles with low teacher salaries, discouraging parental support, and a preference for children to engage in fishing rather than attending classes.

The Gbaramatu Youth Council’s assessment of schools in Gbaramatu Kingdom has revealed alarming conditions affecting education. From inadequate staffing and infrastructure at Pepe-Ama Primary School to structural challenges and neglect at Okerenkoko Secondary School, urgent action is needed to improve educational outcomes in the region.

As the tour progresses, the GYC aims to highlight these issues and advocate for necessary reforms and support from government and educational stakeholders.

Stay tuned for more updates as the council continues its mission to uplift education standards across Gbaramatu Kingdom.

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