At a public presentation of discreet researches carried out in some schools, the group urged the state government to intervene in order to stem the indiscriminate levying of students, dilapidated structures as well as poor environmental wellbeing of the affected schools.
Addressing journalists, the National Coordinator, CHILDREN Project, Comrade Debo Adeniran, said contrary to state government’s posturing, model colleges across the state were in shambles.
“Apart from the rowdiness of the classrooms due to lumping large number of students together in badly ventilated places, the hostels facilities are also in total mess. The meals being served to the students are terrible and quite unsatisfactory even as each student is made to pay N25,000 per term as feeding allowance,” Adeniran said.
He said the group’s investigation also revealed that only few text books were distributed to some few students, while the branded exercise books from state government were sold.
He added that students’ uniforms, stocks, plates, cup, insecticides, soap and cutlery were provided by the parents.
Citing the case of the Lagos State Model College, Kakon, Badagry, the coordinator, said parents were asked to pay the sum of N2, 000 for what the management termed as “security against possible invasion by Boko Haram insurgents,” few weeks ago.
“However, since the levy was paid in April, there was neither police presence nor a change in school security arrangement till now,” Adeniran said.
At Lagos State Model College, Meiran, the group said it discovered that the management sent letters to parents who have children in the school to give financial supports in organising annual inter-house sports even when the state government was one in charge of that.
The group noted that the pit toilets at Meiran College were unkempt, leading “many smart students to making use of the surrounding bushes as convenience at the risk of their lives.”