Years after the Lagos State Government, LASG, commenced the free education in the primary, secondary, and tertiary cadres across the State, a myriad of residents still send their kids to private institutions.
While many refer to the process as the desire to get adequate knowledge on the parts of the wards, quite a number of guardians or parents send their children to private schools due to the state of some of the institutions of learning in the State.
During an investigation, InsideMainland discovered the deplorable state of the classrooms for secondary school students in the Ikorodu High School located in Apeka Estate in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos. The school is currently in a shadow of itself with collapsed blocks of classes, leaking roofs, and parts of it is currently eroded.
As a result of the eyesore, some of the students are overcrowded in the few available classes due to the lack of adequate classes to cater for the number of students.
Shockingly, InsideMainland learnt during investigations that the construction of another 1 block of 18 classrooms had commenced in the school since 2013. However, the blocks which were roofed in 2015 after years of neglect still awaits completion. “The reason for abandoning the project is still a mystery,” a parent who identifies himself as Mr. Ajetunmobi told InsideMainland.
InsideMainland visited the site of the classrooms and it was discovered that the construction handled by El’Ajmi Nigeria Limited and monitored by the Special Committee for Rehabilitation of Public Schools (SCRPS) was scheduled to be complained in 24 months InsideMainland learnt. Till date, the process is yet to be completed with carcass growing on some parts of it.
Speaking to InsideMainland, a middle aged woman who preferred anonymity disclosed that “the classroom has been in that state for a long time and the Parents Association had contacted the school authorities to fix it on different occasions. They have promised to fix it but yet nothing is done.”
“Though my kids are not in the secondary school, the state of some of the classrooms bothers me. It seems the contractor or whoever is delaying the project lacks conscience,” a resident succinctly describes the situation.
When contacted, the Acting Principal of the school who only resumed duty few weeks ago, didn’t deny but rather admitted the deplorable state of the school. She however disclosed that the authorities are working to ensure the blocks of classrooms is put back into shape.