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Anambra State government has abandoned Ihembosi Community Secondary School

By Ifeanyi Anagwu

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It is most unfortunate and sad that Anambra state government, under the current dispensation, has shown its total disregard for education. This time, the burning issue is the total state of dilapidation and abandonment currently experienced at community secondary school, Ihembosi, a government-owned and managed secondary school.

The school, established over forty (40) years ago, can only boast of five (5) teachers. It does not have teachers for the following subjects: English language, literature, mathematics, basic science, CRS, civic education, commerce, business studies, chemistry, physics, and geography.

There is no existing science or ICT laboratory, let alone a school library. The remnant of the school is on the verge of being swept by erosion. Yet, this is a school where students are expected to be prepared for WAEC exams.

The irony of this catastrophe is that there are so many unemployed university graduates in Anambra state, most of whom are youths who, after their national youth service corps, go back to their parents to continue the most active phase of their lives in idleness, not sure of the next meal.

Why can’t the state government tap from these abundant human resources to address the woes our school system has become? I am sure there are so many other secondary schools in Anambra State that currently suffer the same fate.

The big question, therefore, is: what is the trajectory of the gains of educational reforms inherited by the current government in the state? Is Anambra truly on the path of sustainable education? The answer of the reader is as good as mine.

I urge the government of Anambra State and all stakeholders in the education sector in the state to rise to this challenge and stop drifting our society towards a bleak future. Ihembosi is one of the 177 communities in Anambra State and reserves an inalienable right to partake in the commonwealth of the state.

Denying Ihembosi, or any other community in the state, a fair share of the state’s patrimony – as is currently being demonstrated by the state government and its organs – is a recipe for social unrest.

– Ifeanyi Anagwu
London, United Kingdom

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