Kaduna Schools Where 400 Pupils Are Crammed Into One Class
Nothing poignantly represents the rot in the educational sector in Kaduna state than the Shawai Primary school in Rigassa District of the state, where over 400 pupils are crammed into a 14 feet by16 feet primary school classroom.
It is the rot that the administration of Nasir El Rufai inherited from previous administrations and is racing against time to remedy it and present a semblance of a decent environment for the over 20,00 in the densely populated primary school When Saturday vanguard visited the school recently, a huddle of pupils, sprawled on the bare floor, their white uniforms turned brown by ochre floor.
Although there was a teacher in front of the class giving out instructions, it appeared he was talking to himself as majority of the pupils were more engrossed with other activities than listening to the teacher.
But if one is outraged by the overcrowded, facility-deficient classrooms at Shawai primary school in Rigassa, the experience at the Lokoja Road primary school, which lies about three Kilometres from the former is simply gob smacking. About 30,000 pupils are enrolled at the Lokoja road Primary school which is run in two shifts with less than ten class rooms and about seven toilets to serve both the pupils and the teachers!