The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has ordered the closure of all dilapidated schools in the state, while pupils of the affected schools have been relocated.
Pupils and teachers of Holy Aruosa Primary School in Benin City have been relocated to nearby Agbado Primary School.
This was made known by Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, who said the decision to relocate pupils of Holy Aruosa Primary School, was informed by the shocking reports that despite an earlier relocation order given by the state government, teachers in Holy Aruosa Primary School ignored the order and went about their activities in dilapidated structures. He said;
“All such schools, with dilapidated structures have been shut down with immediate effect. Students and pupils in the affected schools are hereby relocated to other schools that will be announced soon,”
He also made it known that the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., visited Holy Aruosa Primary School as early as 7: A. M. on Thursday, to announce the state government’s decision.
According to him;
“One of the allegations being investigated is the suspicion that some teachers, who are refusing to be transferred out of the school, selfishly kept those kids in the school under unsafe condition.”
On the ongoing reform in the state’s education sector, Osagie said that on assumption of office in November 2016, Governor Godwin Obaseki ordered an inventory of facilities and the enumeration of primary and secondary schools in the state.
“After the census, the schools were categorised into three: those in grade A are in good condition; those in B need little intervention and schools in grade C require total renovation.
“It is obvious that Holy Aruosa Primary School and Osula Primary School, among others, fell in the third category and require urgent attention. The worst of them like Holy Aruosa were shut down.”