Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Community High School Adazi in Anaocha local government area of Anambra state is one of the oldest schools in the state but the state of facilities in the school calls for an emergency response by the state government to rescue teachers, students and corps members on national assignment from incessant attacks by snakes and other rodents.
The dilapidated teachers’ quarters, deplorable corpers’ lodge as well as the apparently non-existent toilets have all combined to force teachers to operate from their houses while students and youth corps members are compelled to grapple with the sorry state of the school facilities as the corps members resort to open defecation around the school premises due to lack of toilets and other conveniences.
The school principal Lady Edith Mojeke who disclosed the sorry state of the school facilities to journalists during a roadshow on Thursday, organized by Adazi-Ani Youth Advocacy Group aimed at improving health and education in the area, said the school is in dire need of government urgent intervention especially as it concerns renovation of the teachers’ quarters, corpers’ lodge and rebuilding of the conveniences with water facilities.
She said although the state government brought money for the rebuilding of the teachers’ quarters, the money was used in the perimeter fencing of the school premises for security purposes even though she maintained that the money was not enough to complete fencing of the school compound.
When confronted with the question of how soon she looks forward to government response, the school principal said there was practically no hope yet as to when government would come to their aid. She said another problematic issue facing the school was lack of adequate computer sets pointing out that government brought 21 computers to the school but only 19 were currently functional.
Mojeke appealed to the state government for more computers, printers and others to enhance teaching and learning.