Gombe government visits school after PUNCH story detailing substandard learning facility
The Gombe State government on Wednesday sent a delegation to Mariyo Primary School located in Kalshingi district, Akko local government area, to assess the reported education center, which was built with mud and thatched roofs.
Viral images that The punch had credited to TrackaNG, a community engagement platform, claimed that more than 500 students attend school.
Our correspondent reports that there is a public school, but the distance is about seven kilometers from the settlement.
Confirming the state government assessment visit via a WhatsApp message, the information officer at the state education ministry, Saidu Malala, said the inspection was carried out by the commissioner in education, Dauda Batari, with his information counterpart, Julius Ishaya.
He said the delegation had had useful discussions with the community and aimed to achieve positive results.
Our correspondent concluded that the evaluation was initiated by Governor Muhammadu Yahaya, who was disappointed by the viral images showing the quality of learning facilities in the region.
The information officer revealed that the inspection would pave the way for possible government intervention for people in the community.
Malala said: “Following an image that went viral on social media showing a classroom in a community of Mariyo, in the Kalshingi district of Akko LGA, Education Commissioner Dauda Zambuk; and his counterpart in news Julius Ishaya, located the primary school during an assessment visit and discussed with the community with a view to securing state government intervention.
Also speaking, Ishaya confirmed the photos, adding that it was a community school.
He criticized the impression that the student body was 500, noting that the student size was 250.
According to Ishaya, there are community school empowerment processes and the Gombe government is making such efforts to take ownership of the Mariyo primary school.
“The pictures are true, there are two huts that the community uses as classrooms. It is a community school that started in 2017. It was started because of the distance between their place of residence and the school, but the local education authority provided them with two teachers.
“TrackaNG should have checked; the number is not 500, it is 250 students and the process is already underway for the government to step in, because this is a community effort.
“What TrackaNG has tried to portray looks like or ignored government negligence. But the fact remains that there are processes and procedures to take over community schools.