De­con­gest class­rooms, head­mas­ter tells FCT

Daily Trust - - NEWS CITY - By Abubakar Haruna

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.

PHOTO Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Scene of a crash at Kwaita vil­lage on the Abuja-Lokoja road.

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