There is a fair amount of expectations on our government especially after decades of neglect in our education sector.
How do we as citizens could best help our government with information on areas that require attention?
Osun state schools especially primary and secondary have seen the most improvement than anytime since the state was created 23 years ago.
New school buildings across the state. Obviously, this is a massive project that most people are deeply appreciative of.
We do need more fit-for purpose schools to accommodate our growing population, however given the finite budget for education or any project for that matter, realistically we could not have all new constructions, however we can renovate existing structures and bring the old glory back to our land, one school at a time.
My old primary school is on a major road, Ondo road. Since I left the school in the 1980’s I have always wondered why the same structure has not seen maintenance ever since.
However small, surely there must have been some annual renovation budget for the school. So this time, I thought I’d stop by to see my old ‘spot’ in class six B.
Just approaching the building I realised not only has the building not seen any improvement but it has now been turned to public toilet – literally.
No government, no matter how brilliant could solve all of our accumulated issues with wave of a wand – this has to bother everyone around as well before it can be a priority.
CAC Oke Aanu Primary School Akarabata, Ondo Road
This building here to the left was used for primary five and six in 1984/5. Now just rotten away.
The once class six C is now a dumpsite and a toilet. I saw a middle aged woman just finishing up her ‘business’ as I walked up, I suppose she saw me first otherwise I would have waited – no point been a nuisance.
What’s the church business in this?
The pictures above are about 20 feet away from the minister’s accommodation so it is not far fetched to assume the rubbish here came from the occupants of the Mission House.
It is very common to have schools attached to churches especially if the church is centrally located and has land to spare (usually sold to the government). Government maintains such schools. This is the case with CAC Oke Aanu Akarabata.
To some degree, the church used to work collaboratively with the school to maintain high standard.
From what I saw, this has not been the case for a very long time.
Luckily I met a young man in front of the Mission House who was surprised that the building was once used as classrooms. He didn’t even know that the basement of the church was once rooms for primary 3A & B neither – well, that is now a pond for more garbage and frogs.
After a few minutes wander, I was convinced the school is no longer being used but to my surprise, a few one level buildings are still being used for classrooms.
Really? Where do pupils sit then? I asked the man. He gestured to the left. To the area he pointed at – I saw perforated corrugated roofs, I feared to ask the same question over again, so left and thanked him for the time.
Renovating existing structures of this school and the likes across the state will be a lot cheaper and together we can have schools to be proud of.
Here, I also pondered on the idea of education vs. religion.