Children in the Government Primary School at Ikot Effanga in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, South-South Nigeria continue to learn under terrible conditions as the school has become deplorable.
Mr. Agba Jalingo, a journalist exposed how children in the government public primary school learn sitting on a bare floor that is dusty and tattered.
The terrible situation in Government Primary School Ikot Effanga has continued even as the Cross River State government in the last decades claims to have expended huge resources on education.
Government Primary School Ikot Effanga is not an exception, Cross River State is notorious as one of the states in Nigeria with a huge number of deplorable schools found all over the communities.
For instance, Saint Mary Primary School Efut Abua, located at Calabar South Local Government Area of the State, has continued to be in a deplorable condition with many of its structures already collapsing.
Community residents and parents who rely on the school for their children’s education continue to lament its deplorable nature. The locals who shared their opinion on the condition of the school with MAWA-Foundation, say they do not believe that a government public school will be left in such a terrible condition.
If children in Cross River State are allowed to learn under this terrible condition and the government refuses to make good investments in education, she is not going to train and develop manpower that will lead to her development challenges.
Education is the only way to train and develop skills that will be useful in the current realities of our changing world. If the Cross River State and other Nigerian states at large refuse to invest in education and allow children to continue to get a poor education, the future will be doomed for all of us and the consequences will be huge for us all.