TWENTY-FOUR years after its creation, public schools in Taraba State according to researchers, are still cup in hand begging for a face -lift from the relevant authority.
Several public schools at both primary and secondary levels, they observed “ are in dilapidated condition following government lukewarm attitudes towards the sector.”
The situation according to Raymond Enoch of the Center for Environmental Education and Development often made students and pupils from the state to come behind in national examinations and competitions.
The research sponsored by the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) noticed that basic teaching aids like computers, rulers, diagrams, chalk board, current textbooks, registers, lessons plans, schemes of work and regular supply of lessons note books are no where to be found in the public schools.
The research, which was yesterday publicly presented to stakeholders in the state at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Teachers multipurpose hall in Jalingo, expressed dismay that 24 years after the state was carved out of the defunct Gongola State; several public schools are still operating from their “temporary sites.”
Even those that manage to relocate to their temporary sites, the researchers observed “ still lack basic school structures to support effective learning for both students and teachers.”
Like the government, parents and teachers organizations that ought to support community ownership and participation in the educational development of the state according to the research findings “ is also weak in terms of resources availability.”
Teachers’ training and refreshing courses which is a basic complementary service and incentive that enhance a quality educational performance of a teacher and a professional development in any society can have a huge gain, the researchers noticed that “ it is often not a priority to the state government.”
Adding that “ standard school system facilities like hostels for boarding students, staff quarters are left in the hands of schools managers of various schools, the scenarios, which they agreed further worsen their maintenance.”
Various stakeholders who made their minds known on the continual dwindling of education in the state also accused government of lack of political will.