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Parents in Kano State have called out their Governor, Umar Ganduje over the dilapidated state of schools in the state, saying: "our children don’t go to school during rainy season because of leaky roofs".
Reports from Sahara Reporters, have revealed a Government Girls Senior Islamic Secondary in Danzaki in Kano State which teaches mainly Arabic and other Islamic texts to students who sit on dusty floors, with each class having up to 100 learners.
Aside from the inadequate learning facilities, which the school, primarily is faced with, the poor infrastructural state of the school’s structures also raises alarm, with several of the buildings deficient as cracks in-between the walls points to the need for a renovation.
Other common sights as reported by Sahara Reporters was the school’s unhygienic borehole as well as the school’s premises which had illicit defecations all about the school environment.
One of the school’s parents, lamented, saying: “The government has not been doing anything to promote the education of our children, but we keep hoping a better government will come that will revive Kano State public school."
Other scenes from another school, Gwagwarwa Special Primary School, in Nasarawa Local Government of the state, shows a public elementary school with its building and facilities in poor shape.
A resident and graduate of the school said: "After many years of neglect, students find it hard to study. So, the old students association of the school contributed money and built a block,"
At another school, Government Senior Secondary Jogana, located Gezawa Local Government Area Kano State, it was discovered that the school there had been completely neglected by the government.
The school which has been reported to be one of the populous secondary schools at Jogana where most parents enroll their children and wards after completion of junior secondary have perforated ceiling which forces students to crowd in safe corners whenever it rains.
A resident in the school’s locality said:"We don't know what we have done to the government that most of our schools are looking unkempt.
“During the rainy season, our children sit back at home because some classes have no zinc, windows that will protect our children."
The Government Junior Secondary School Jogana also is faced with the same structural deterioration as the latter, as the school does not have basic facilities like toilets, inadequate learning aids like and chairs and desks are not provided as well.
The community leader of the locale weighed in also, saying: "Effort has been made through approximate sources to appeal to the government to rehabilitate and build more classrooms in the compound, but for over three years, nothing has been done.
"Our pupils sit on the cold floor to take lessons, which damages their uniforms and also adds to the burden of their family members,” the community leader said.
“No good education facilities and materials; there is a lack of quality teachers. Corruption ruins the education system because I don't know where the education budget is being placed.
"We are still calling on the government to support the Kano State education system so that our children will have better education and be the leaders of tomorrow.”
Another school with same complaint is the Special Government Primary School, Fagge in Kano metropolis where the parents have also complained of poor ceiling and dilapidated building which let in rain and stops students from learning as they should.
A teacher in the school lamented, saying: "The bad situation of the school actually is a disaster to the students and their health,” the teacher further added that “Injuries have being recorded where students step on broken zinc or contaminated objects."