The importance of education is undeniable for every single person. Education plays such a rudimentary role in the society that humans cannot imagine a life without it. It is a determined element for the civilization of human society. Not only does it help to develop healthy surroundings but it also generates an advanced community. The more developed life becomes, the more necessary education is for everyone.
Apparently, people may become more necessary in the society if better educated. In areas where residents are not able to receive appropriate education, life cannot be as thriving and prosperous as locations where there is high standard for education.
Despite the Lagos State Government’s avowed commitment to education, learning in Oke-Odo Junior College in Abule Egba area of the state, remains a serious crisis that needs to be addressed urgently.
Owing to the gory experience witnessed by the JSS1 students of the school, the pathetic level of learning undermines the quest for education. The pathetic condition was reflected in the quality of education the students receive, with all of them having to sit on used and or expired tyres.
The school, sited along Otta expressway, close to Ile-Epo bus stop in Abule Egba, Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, also accommodates Oke-Odo Senior Secondary School and Unity Secondary School in the same compound.
However, the unequal standard in the school is still a problem that needs to be solved. The classroom facilities that are needed for proper learning were unavailable for the JSS1 students of Oke-Odo Junior College. Top on the list of parents’ complaints remains how to give quality education to their children who suffer from the problem of dearth of facilities as their wards are made to sit on tyres during classes.
However, hell was let loose in the school during the visit of invigilators from Lagos State Ministry of Education to the school. New Telegraph learnt that the school management had initiated a plan to rent chairs and tables for the affected students before the invigilators’ arrival.
Some of the teachers in the school were running helter-skelter to put everything in order before the arrival of the invigilators as the school gate was locked. The parents who were denied entry into the school for registration were seen in groups discussing the development in hushed tones. When New Telegraph approached one of the parents for interrogation, she revealed the genesis of the problem on condition of anonymity.
According to her, one of the parents took the picture of the students sitting on used tyres during the Parents’ Teachers Association (P.T.A) meeting held in the school. The parent, according to the source posted the pictures on social media to decry the bewildering situation of the JSS1 students.
Parents, Students lament
Lamenting the situation, a parent who pleaded not to be mentioned, whose daughter was just admitted into JSS1, said: “You had to see my daughter. Each time she returns after school hours, her uniforms were always dirty, because she sat on the tyres. It is so horrible,” she said.
She also expressed displeasure over the deceitful plan of the school to make chairs available when they were aware that supervisors from the Ministry of Education were on a visit to the school. This, she explained, would add nothing to improve the standard of education in the school but deceive the invigilators who would definitely agree all is well with the school. “I see no reason the school should have resorted to renting chairs and tables for the students. The school did not act in a very good way. They should have let the government be aware of the needs of the students. Now they have gone outside to rent chairs and probably for few days, the students will be back sitting on tyres.”
Also speaking, a parent whose son is one of the affected students decried the plan of the school to get chairs for the students when the best they could have done was to let the government’s representatives be conversant with the structure the classroom for the JSS1 students was.
“The plan to have gone out to get chairs for the students as a result of the government visit is a bad idea. We (the parents) deliberated with the school management in a meeting on the way forward for the students. It is unbelievable and worrisome that the school could have acted in such a cunning manner. I don’t know how the school wants government to address the situation,” she lamented.