By Jon Egie

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L-R Mr Ejaigu Ochuko, Comrade Elijah Ologe, Mr Christopher Akpede, Mr Siakpere and comrade Vincent Enayemo during the visit to Oharisi Basic Sec Sch, Ughelli

L-R Mr Ejaigu Ochuko, Comrade Elijah Ologe, Mr Christopher Akpede, Mr Siakpere and comrade Vincent Enayemo during the visit to Oharisi Basic Sec Sch, Ughelli

The chairman of Delta State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBED), Comrade Elijah Ologe has directed the Principal of Oharisi Basic Secondary School, Ughelli to intimate the Board with official documentation of the PTA resolve to carry out development projects in the school.

 

Comrade Ologe gave the directive during an inspection tour of some schools in Ughelli Township, Monday, Jan 19.

 

The SUBEB boss said he got complaints from some parents that the school authority was demanding bags of cement from the students without clear explanation.

 

Responding the Principal of the school, Evangelist Godspower Odenema, represented by the Vice Principal, Mr Ejaigu Ochuko explained that it was the decision of the PTA to pool resources together to raise a fence for the school by the contribution of a bag of cement from each student.

 

According to the principal “I was in a tight corner when WAEC said that the school needed to be separated from the primary school before it could be approved for WAEC examinations. I had to summon a PTA meeting during which it was resolved that the students should contribute a bag of cement each to raise the fence and the work is ongoing.”

 

 

Comrade Elijah Ologe signing the Visitors' Book at Iwhreko Pry Sch, Ughelli

Comrade Elijah Ologe signing the Visitors’ Book at Iwhreko Pry Sch, Ughelli

The SUBEB chairman obviously satisfied with the explanation advised that the PTA resolve be communicated to all parents to avoid further complaints. He also directed the school principal to forward the resolve to the Board and the Commissioner of Education for government to be in picture of what was going on.

 

He used the opportunity to inspect the classroom facilities in the school where he was briefed that over 100 students are quartered in a classroom and that there was ample space to erect more classrooms to accommodate the students comfortably.

 

At Owodaware Primary School which shares the same premises with the Oharisi Basic S/S, pupils were found seated on the bare floor.

 

He proceeded to Iwhreko Primary School, Ughelli where he was briefed that the church authority had demolished a block of classrooms which also housed the Headmaster’s office and erected a new structure for the Headmaster.

 

 

Pupils of Ovwodaware Pry Sch, Ughelli sitting on bare floor to learn

Pupils of Ovwodaware Pry Sch, Ughelli sitting on bare floor to learn

In an interview, the SUBEB chairman expressed dissatisfaction with the action of the SS Peter & Paul Catholic church which owns the land occupied by the school.

 

He said the church acted contrary to the agreement it reached with the state government to the extent of providing a space for the relocation of the school.

 

On the poor conduction of classrooms noticed in Owodaware primary school he said the situation where pupils sit on bare floor of the classroom is appalling and unacceptable and assured that appropriate action will be taken to remedy the situation.