Shame Of Public Education In Kwara State – ENetSuD.
A civil society organization, Elites Network for Sustainable Development (ENetSuD), has uncovered the sorry state of public education in Kwara state.
It urges the authority to give proper funding to education in the state. The organization described public schools in the state as a caricature and has called on the state government to declare a state of emergency in all public schools in the state.
In a press statement, Mr. Alagbonsi Abdullateef, Ph.D., the Coordinator of the organization said that funding of education across the state has been grossly inadequate.
Alagbonsi said the organization Directorate of Investigation and Public Petition visited over 30 schools across Kwara state where the 2017 Federal Government Zonal Intervention Projects were located.
The investigation reveals that, despite the Federal Government Zonal Intervention, public schools in the state are in worse condition.
And worse still, the Kwara state government continues to neglect the schools with little or no attention being given to them, making private school a viable option for basic education.
Apart from the poor state of the school, lack of human resources pose a greater challenge, across Kwara state, most of the public schools have between 3-5 teachers, Alagbonsi added.
This is the situation in Kwara, even as the states are expected to fund school infrastructure through matching grants from Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
Alagbonsi commended Kwara state Lawmakers for the construction of classrooms in various schools across Kwara state as their constituency projects.
He, however, condemned the lack of funding by the state on the already existing schools.
The organization reminded Kwara state that it owes it as a duty to provide quality basic education to the residents of the state.
It also asks the state to create a budget for the counterpart funds that will enable it to secure the UBEC grants, so as to address the infrastructural wrath currently happening in the state.