Lack of learning materials and decaying structures frustrate pupils, including their teachers at Mararaba Liman Katagum Nomadic Primary School, in Bauchi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The pupils receive lessons on bare floors and often vacate the school whenever it rains. WikkiTimes learnt that there are 1,000 pupils who are being taught by six teachers in four classrooms.
The school has 580 male pupils and 420 female counterparts spread across nursery one to primary six. According to an enrolment board spotted by our reporter, there are 77 children in the nursery section and 923 pupils in the primary section.
Hitherto, the 20-year-old Mararaba school had three blocks of two classes, but one block was destroyed by a windstorm about six years ago. Continued decaying structure of the school is forcing students out of classrooms, according to teachers.
Malam Nura Sale, one of the staff in the school, told WikkiTimes that both the teachers and the pupils are in pathetic condition as the roofs of the classes including the staff office leak during rainy season. He added that dust also stains both pupils’ and teachers’ clothes.
He lamented that the school has not been provided with textbooks for over a decade and it is one of the reasons, both the teachers and the pupils see the classes as hell.
His words: “We don’t have enough teachers, we can’t control them all, no teaching materials. A child can come to school neat but return home dirty.
“The pupils and also the teachers do not have textbooks, that’s why they don’t want to come to school regularly.
Malam Nura lamented that despite the population of the pupils, the school has no source of water. “We don’t have drinking water,” he lamented. “It compels them to go somewhere and drink any water available. Though they have a toilet, there is no way they can use it without water,”
According to Malam Nura, the school management made several complaints about the situation to the state authorities but to no avail and the condition exacerbates on daily bases.
“We are not happy with this situation,” he declared, urging the government to do the needful.
‘PUPILS CAN LEARN UNDER TREES’ — GOVT
Musa Ibrahim Ardo, the Secretary of the Bauchi State Agency for Nomadic Education (BASANE) told WikkiTimes that the state government is working hard to address the plights of about 526 nomadic schools in the state.
He explained that with 1,273 teachers serving 111,488 pupils in the state, the agency’s priority is however to enroll more pupils into basic education so “they can learn even under a tree before the problems of structures are addressed.”
Ardo explained that due to the number of schools with limited funds in the state, the government can only do their best.
For Bala Mohammed, the governor of the state, his administration had made giant strides in transforming the education sector in the state.
Bala stated this when he led top government officials to commission a healthcare facility at Dagauda community of Dambam local council over the weekend.