Deltawomen on the 13th, December 2012 visited Adeje Primary School, Adeje, Jah’s Will Primary School, Oviricut, and Ekugbe Primary School, Egborode all in Okpe Local Government Council, Delta State.
The aim of the visit was to monitor the pupil’s academic performance,
Okuijorogu community is totally left out in the scheme of educational activities. This made the children to trek, clocking many miles each day in pursuit of their education. Delta women NGO drew the attention of some political reps and the state government to the plight of the community members.
However, the NGOs team could not see the Head Master/Mistress of Adeje Primary school, Adeje, but was able to meet with one of the teacher identified as Mr. Godfrey, which he said the school has concluded the academic work for the term, and that the school teachers are not around to check their school register in order to sort out the names and performance of the Okuijorogu children. So he suggested the NGO visits back next term.
When the NGOs team arrived at Ekugbe Primary school, Egborode, the story was the same though this time; they met with the school HM who identifies himself as chief. He said his school does not have record of where children are from, but acknowledged that some of their pupils are from Okuijorogu and suggested Deltawomen visits again in next term when the school is on.
Jah’s Will Primary school is a private primary school in Oviricut. A school which is closer to Okuijorou but unfortunately, Okuijorogu children doesn’t attend the school, owing to high cost of school fees which the elders complained. When asked the number of Okuijorou pupils she has in her school by Delta women’s, team, the proprietor, Mrs. Jah’s will said she only has two pupils, that government is building schools in all corners which according to her, it is very wrong. When asked the names of the two pupils and their academic records, she said she can’t check their files. She further said the people in Okpe do not know the value of education as they cannot even buy common note book and biro for their children/wards.
Recall that the NGOs Chief Executive Officer, Ms Elsie Reed and her team visited the community to access the situation, which after her visits, promised to do everything possible by drawing the attention of the state government to their plight.