“Education in Akwa Ibom is still free and compulsory at basic level. Despite the severe loss in revenue, resulting in drastic cuts in Government spending; the Government of Mr. Udom Emmanuel spends over 600 million naira paying for WAEC fees yearly.”
The recent hype by the Akwa Ibom State government on its role in providing qualitative education to students has been marred by recent pictures recently released of St. Mary’s Senior Science College, Abak, a model and one of the best secondary schools in the state.
From the gate house to the boarding houses, including class rooms and laboratory, the school is now a ghost of its former self. The walls are not only dilapidated, books as well as laboratory equipment is also outdated.
There is also encroaching erosion threatening to pull down the entire school due to little or no maintenance by the authority.
It has also been observed this development has affected enormously the performances of students.
Unlike what was obtainable in the past, the performances of science students in private institutions now seem to supersede that of the prestigious institution.
“Nobody knows tomorrow. One of you here may become the Governor of Akwa Ibom, or the President of Nigeria. That is why Governor Udom Emmanuel is doing what he is doing for you. Your part is to study hard and give us a 100% pass rate”, the Commissioner said, as he addressed the students, also assuring that the Government will keep upgrading school facilities, paying fees, insisting on compulsory education, and investing in quality education in Akwa Ibom State.”
There is an urgent need for Akwa Ibom State Government to be responsive to critical needs such as this rather than keep inaugurating non-existing projects.
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