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A civil society group, the Elites Network for Sustainable Development
(ENetSuD) has lambasted the Kwara state government over the shameful
status of government schools across the state.

As part of its mandate to keep an eye on the activities of the state
government and bring government attention to areas of public interest
that need immediate government attention, the group’s team of
investigators paid a visit to Islamiyyah College, Patigi so as to
assess the current situation of the public school established on the
15th of February, 1982 and currently has about 650 students. Our
findings are as summarized below:

1. The JSS section has about 12 teaching staff (including the
principal) and only one non-teaching staff (bursar). The SSS section
has about 22 teaching staff and 8 non-teaching staff. There are
however insufficient number of teachers in some major subjects as
follow: English (0), Maths (3), Biology (1), Chemistry (2), Physics
(2), Agric (1), geography (1), literature (1), Arabic (1), Government
(3), Accounting (1) and Economics (2).

2. A 2-classroom block has been abandoned for long time by a Federal
legislator who is serving his 3rd time in the House of Representative
(Hon. Aliyu Ahman Bahago Patigi). Because of its long term
abandonment, many parts of the building have fallen apart, leading to
these 2 small uncompleted structures without anything joining them
together

3. Uncompleted Chemistry and Physics laboratories were converted to
classrooms that are currently occupied by JSS 2A and SSS 1C students.
This chemistry lab-turned classroom is unfit for learning, as the
floor has not yet been cemented.

4. Uncompleted MDG project of a block of 3-classrooms are occupied by
the SSS 3A, 3B, and 3C.

5. There is still an uncompleted project of Administrative block that
had been abandoned for about 20 years. Because of this, the staff
members of this school are staying in an adjacent private property of
a member of the community who is late.

6. There is no examination hall in the school for SSCE and other
exams. So, they always use the 3 classrooms that are occupied by JSS
2A, 2B, and 2C, which do not have ceilings and concrete/cement floor.

7. This is a classroom converted into a multipurpose store. The
science equipments are scanty, most of which are broken or
non-functional. The equipments were mixed with a lot of abandoned
roofing sheets, pipes, windows, cupboards, empty cartons, etc

8. There is another classroom (near SSS 2C) converted into a Science
Multipurpose Laboratory. Most of the liquid chemicals have turned to
water. Most of the solid or powdered chemicals can be likened to
chalk. Most of the shelves, cartons and bottles are empty. Some of the
desks and stools are also in bad shape.

While ENetSuD commend the government on the number of teaching staff in this school, the group is however calling on the government to recruit at
least two English Teachers for this school, as well as recruitment of teachers
into other subjects with inadequate number of staff is also highly
recommended.

“We also call on the government to urgently complete all the abandoned
projects (classrooms, administrative blocks and laboratories) in the
school so as to enhance learning.

“We shall continue to call government attention to their abandoned
responsibilities so as to promote good governance in Kwara state”, the group said.

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