HAVE you heard of a secondary school in the world where only three teachers are teaching all subjects from junior class to senior class? Tribune Online can authoritatively reveal that such situation exists at Gbaregolor community in oil-rich Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.
The name of the school so neglected was given as Gbaregolor Grammar School in Ewu Kingdom.
It was reliably gathered that a principal and only two teachers are now left to teach all subjects from JSS 1 to SSS. The school, said to be about 15 years old, is said to have been lagging behind in the area of acute shortage of teachers. Unbelievably, one of the leaders of the community is Honourable Maxwell Urhogu, who is the Deputy Chief Whip, Ughelli South Legislative Arm.
Honorable Urhogu and another leader of the community, Comrade Godbless Ojavwighokia, told journalists on Monday in Warri that the community had pestered the state government with several letters in that regard to no avail. The duo said only five teachers with the principal had been piloting academic activities of for the past two years. They added that the five teachers teach students from JSS 1 to SSS 3 all the subjects in the Nigeria secondary school curriculum. According to them, the worst, however, happened recently when three out of the five teachers were transferred from the Gbaregolor Grammar School to other secondary schools in the state. The situation, they said, had eventually left only two teachers and the principal to teach all subjects from JSS 1 to SSS 3.
Overwhelmed by the revelation, the two leaders called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the state and the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie to post more teachers to the school to enable the students’ measure up with their colleagues in other schools. It could not be gathered how many students are enrolled in the school as of press time.
Frantic efforts made to reach the Principal of Gbaregolor Grammar School, one Mr. O. E Ukavwe, for comments through his mobile phone, were unsuccessful.