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Ohanaeze chief decries low enrolment in Enugu public schools

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By Millicent Onaga, Enugu

The chairman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu state chapter, Professor Fred Eze, has expressed displeasure over the low enrolment of pupils in public schools across the state despite huge educational investment by Enugu state government.

Eze, who made the observation while addressing participants at the just-concluded educational  summit  organised by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu state chapter, also blamed parents for preferring to send their children to private school instead of public school.

According to him, parents should take advantage of massive construction of thousands of new classroom blocks and the reconstruction of existing ones in the public primary and secondary schools with modern facilities for teaching and learning across Enugu state, as well as the employment of qualified teachers by the state government, by re-enrolling their children to public schools.

He expressed disappointment that enrolment in public schools across the state had remained low despite efforts of the state government in repositioning the sector.

“I wonder why there is this problem of low enrolment, when you come to a class, you find just 6 or 7 pupils in a class. What’s is happening, is that majority of the pupils are in makeshift private schools in uncompleted structures and shacks operated by half-baked teachers, dropouts from secondary schools and unqualified auxiliary teachers. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Enugu state chapter, finds this unacceptable and, hereby, strive to reverse it,” Eze said.

He, further, disclosed that the summit was designed to identify the causes of the poor enrolment of pupils in public schools in Enugu state and proffer solutions to the problem.

“This summit will be cascaded to rural areas through the local government council, traditional rulers, religious leaders and town unions, to make appropriate recommendations on the way forward to the Enugu state government.”

Eze canvassed the need for traditional rulers and town union executives to take responsibility in supervising schools in their various domains by monitoring the teachers and making reports to the appropriate authorities. He also urged politicians, businessmen, public servants, traditional rulers and philanthropists to adopt primary or secondary school in their communities to enable them function better.

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