Parents at Gagare Paikon Community in Gwagwalada Area Council of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nigeria’s capital, are lamenting over the dilapidated condition of a Primary School in their area that has since become unfit to deliver quality education to their kids.
On a visit to the school, one sees a deplorable classroom, a fallen ceiling, and a blackboard that has since fallen on the ground.
A teacher in Gwagwalada who spoke to MAWA and wants his identity concealed, described the school as a collapsing structure while calling on the FCT Authority to immediately intervene and save it from collapse.
Speaking angrily, the teacher who heads one of the schools in Gwagwalada, told MAWA that Gagare Paikon Community Primary School is one of the best compared to the deplorable condition of public schools in the Gwagwalada Area Council. A statement that confirms the vast number of wretched schools in the Area Council.
Mr. Usman Mohammed, a community champion, who claims to have visited many schools in the Gwagwalada Area Council, described Dukpa School as highly deplorable.
The implication is that, if the FCTA and Gwagwalada Area Council continue to allow public schools to be this deplorable, many children in the rural areas, particularly those from poor homes will be denied access to quality education. And, this has a dire consequence on the nation’s development.
If schools in FCT and other communities in Nigeria are allowed to be in this deplorable condition, Nigeria’s chances of achieving SDGs goal 4 (quality education) will be very much impossible.
A primary School teacher last week while speaking to MAWA, about the deplorable condition of public schools in Gwagwalada, described public primary and secondary schools in the Area Council as hugely despicable and below standard.
According to him, virtually all the Primary and Secondary Schools located in the rural areas of FCT are in deplorable condition. They do not fit into a conducive environment for decent learning.
MAWA-Foundation could not immediately reach out to Gwagwalada Area Council Authority for an official response.