FEATURE: Inside Ogun primary school where pupils learn in ‘poultry sheds’

St John’s Anglican School is located in Adekanbi-Agbena community of Obafemi-Owode local government of Ogun State. The community has over 200 houses, with a population of over 8,000 residents.

The primary school is owned by the Ogun State Government. It commenced operations some years back in a community known as Adekanbi, located within the premises of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.

However, following a re-acquisition of land, which resulted in the fencing of the land belonging to the polytechnic, the authorities ejected the school from its premises.

The neighbouring, community, Agbena saw an advantage and decided to accommodate the school to continue with its academic activities. This offered other communities the opportunity of registering their children and wards.

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The Community Development Association, CDA, of Agbena provided a land for the school to continue operations and also built, through community contributions, classrooms that were tagged ‘poultry made’ classes because they are built like poultry sheds.

The community then forwarded letters to the state government to rise up to the challenge of providing a befitting infrastructure.

But two years after, the government has refused to come to the aid of the school as pupils learn under poor conditions.

Ironically, the state government posted teachers to the school, which presently has over 150 pupils.

A recent visit to the school by PREMIUM TIMES revealed the appalling state of infrastructure in which the teachers and pupils operate.

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Inside the cubicles serving as classrooms, pupils are packed so closely that learning is difficult. Teachers also teach the wards under inhuman conditions not fit for a modern teaching clime. Most of the time, learning takes place under the direct rays of the sun.

The school also shares a fence with an abandoned building, said to be housing reptiles.

The vice-chairman of the CDA, Abiodun Adegoroye, lamented government’s neglect of the school and called for assistance to help the kids.

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