A government approved school in Moro, Yewa north of Ogun state, has been discovered to be in a poor state. The poor condition in which people in this community live in was discovered during a visit by some reporters of Legit.ng.
Moro community is about twenty nine kilometres away from Ilaro, a popular town in Ogun state. Life for members of this community seems to be pretty difficult based on the observation made during the visit to the remote area.
One of the teachers in the school identified as Akinlolu Abisola Titilade shed more light on the state of things in the school when members of Legit TV visited to see the situation on ground. According to her, it is a regular thing for snakes and termites to be seen in the academic environment as they have come to accept them. The middle aged woman said that they have learnt to cope with the situation overtime.
While the state of the environment was taken in by those present as at the time of the interview, the teacher stated that the students have adapted to the situation as well as they have killed many snakes in that area. Another teacher, Abiodun Ogundipe, corroborated the story saying things are better at the moment as they have seen worst days.
The structures in the school were in poor condition as students learn under a shed and in mud houses. Ogundipe who did not like the state of things there revealed that the last school he taught had better things in terms of the provision made to support and promote a good learning environment.
The first teacher to speak with the members of Legit TV also mentioned that whenever it rains, teaching activities get disrupted. This is because there are no windows where children are being taught. This makes it easy for the rain to blow in and wash off the things written on the board for the children.
One of the community members also attested to the fact that things are so bad in that area up to the point that members of the community come together to put in place some of the things they have. Idowu Afolabi, a parent in the school, also said that the chairs and tables with which the students learn were provided by the members of the community.
Afolabi, who was clearly embittered by the state of things, mentioned that the school is owned by the government but the running of the school is done by members of the community who want their wards to be educated by all means. Students were seen seated under a shed as they were being taught.
One of their teachers however said that they are encouraged to teach as the students respond well. It was also mentioned that school activities do not run smoothly during the dry season as students come late due to lack of water. Some of them look rough while others complain of not having water to take their bath.
The reporter from Legit TV also took his time to interact with students of the school to see how sharp they are and to ascertain their state of mind. One of the children was spoken to in a mixture of Yoruba and English; he was able to reveal his name but stated clearly that he does not know his age. In a bid to know his age, the young boy revealed that he has two younger ones who are not in school.
Another student interviewed during the visit said that she would like to be a shop owner when asked what she wanted to be in future. The reporter was interested in her answer and made effort to find out what influenced her decision. When asked what exactly she would like to sell, she mentioned alcohol.
Legit.ng also discovered that students in this community walk through bushes in search of drinking water and do not get enough. The water they get is not fit for drinking as seen by those present during the visit. Members of Legit TV visited the community with some bags of water to cushion the effect of having to drink the harmful substance all the time.
Students in this school are to pay the sum of one thousand naira per term; however, not all of them are able to pay. The instruction left by the government, according to the teacher who put us through the levy aspect, states that no student should be sent home in a situation where students refused to pay the fee. Thus, teachers simply do their work and let the students be.
The teacher also confirmed that inspectors do visit the school; he said that the school was at some point visited by a top official of the state. A recommendation was made in 2012 for the state of the school to be looked into but the government did not do anything.
Upon the retirement of the top official, she led some Non Governmental Organization (NGO) to the school in a bid to help them. The NGO was said to have visited the school in 2018 with the promise to return in 2019 to help them. Members of this community are still hoping for this help to come.
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