Decongest classrooms, headmaster tells FCT
Crowded classrooms in public primary schools is one of the major factors militating against the provision of qualitative education in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and a headmaster in one of the schools want them decongested.
Comrade Umar Muhammed Makusidi, who is the head teacher of Kuchigoro Primary School, made the assertion in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust, in Abuja, yesterday.
He said that cramming of pupils in classrooms was worrisome as there were health implications.
According to him, there were public primary schools that had 130 to 150 pupils in one class.
He cited example with his school, Kuchigoro Primary School,where only seven teachers have been teaching over 600 pupils.
He stressed that the number of the pupils was so high, that it is always difficult to control and teach them conducively.
He explained that four teachers were from the Local Education Authority (LEA) while three were under the Universal Basic Education (UBE).
He called on government to send more teachers to his school so that they would be able to carry out their duties diligently.
He maintained that lack of teaching materials, toilets, fence and additional classrooms are the major challenges facing his school.
He however appreciated the effort of government in paying their salaries and other entitlements promptly but said more efforts should be made to address the challenges facing public primary schools in the FCT.
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