Children of the Isigwe Ugbawka, in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, are learning under pitiable miserable conditions.
In pictures shared by Tracka, a public accountability organization, the children were seen with their teacher receiving lessons while sitting on the floor in a classroom that was nearly collapsing on their heads.
From Tracka’s narratives, the school has no water, a situation that worsens hygiene for them and their teachers. Many of the children are reported to return home after school with faeces on their bodies because there is no water to wash them off their body.
Children of the Isigwe Ugbawka, in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu, continue to learn under pitiable miserable conditions even as the state government in the 2023 budget set aside N84 billion capital expenditure with education as the top priority.
According to Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi the former Enugu State Governor, construction and furnishing of classrooms in basic education will take a major part of the N84 billion capital expenditure allocation.
Good as this sounds, evidence of the Isigwe Ugbawka community children learning under pitiable miserable pitiable conditions, has since shown the money is yet to show an impact on their education as promised by the state.
Mr. Ezeh, a community resident who prefers only his first name mentioned, told MAWA-Foundation via a telephone conversation that Community School II Isigwe Ugbawka, is one out of many that are in deplorable condition in Enugu State.
Ezeh who spoke in an angry tone, accused the Enugu State government of not making adequate investments in education. A situation he said arose because public schools only serve children of the poor.
“Public education in Enugu State has since collapsed, the government does not care because those who attend public schools are children of the poor”, Eze told MAWA.
MAWA could not immediately reach out to the Enugu State government for an official response.