Pupils of Parishe Primary School in the Sagnarigu District of the Northern Region are dropping out of school to join their parents on the farms while others look for alternative schools to attend.
The headmistress of the school, Madam Mary Grace Bagbeo, made this known to TV3 when the crew visited the school on Monday.
She said the lower primary, which was built for the community by Kuwait Zakat Foundation, an international Non-Governmental Organization in 1990, was ripped off by rain storm in 2012.
She said the total enrolment was 230 pupils but has now reduced to 160 pupils for the entire primary school from kindergarten to primary six, adding that the school serves three communities of about 3,000 people.
The headmistress pointed out that pupils of the lower primary now share the same three classrooms of the upper primary and described that as worrisome.
She said it is impossible for two teachers to teach different subjects at the same time in the same classroom, lamenting that the situation affects teaching and learning and pupils lack concentration.
The headmistress explained that one teacher teaches at time “whiles the others sit and look on, reducing the GES contact hours for each teacher.”
Madam Bagbeo said the situation was communicated to the District Education Office and National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), pointing that “they sent their respective teams to inspect the destruction and have not responded to their plight since then.”
She said they appealed to some organizations for assistance and added Afford, a local NGO, came and put up toilet and urinal facilities for the school.
The headmistress said hitherto both staff and pupils used to defecate in open places and commended Afford for their effort.
She said ripped-off roof could not re-roof the building because of the degree of damage so the community used it to erect a kindergarten school for the younger ones.
The Chief of the village, Parishe-Na Abdul-Rahman Yakubu, said he appealed to the Member of Parliament of the constituency, Haruna Iddrisu, but it did not yield any fruit.
He said he did not have the opportunity to attend formal school and he is so much concerned to the see the re-construction of the school for the young ones to be educated to enable them contribute to the development of the area in future.
The Chief said the village was not hooked to the national grid for electricity and they don’t have portable water and appealed to government, the Member of Parliament and the Sagnarigu District Assembly to come to their aid.
Parishe-Na Yakubu commended TV3 Network for their visit to the village, saying that “we thought we were not part of the country until your visit.”
He said “it is unfortunate we don’t have electricity to watch your programs” and expressed the hope that “the world will hear our plea and come to our aid”.
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