Government Secondary School, Eneka, in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, has gone into coma. The school attended by the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, which used to be among the very few alluring and sought after secondary schools in the state, owned and run by the state government is in dire need of government immediate intervention, before it collapses completely.
While the Universal Basic Education section of the school has undergone drastic transformation, with school buildings fully rehabilitated, new classroom blocks, well equipped library, staff offices, water facility, toilets constructed to provide comfortable and conducive learning environment for the staff and students, supposedly by the federal government, the senior secondary section appears to be existing by chance.
TNN visited the school last weekend to ascertain its state and to interview staff and students and observed that indeed, the school is in a gory, dilapidated and pitiable state, despite sharing same compound with the UBE section.
Some of the challenges facing the school are that the staff quarters, which appears to be as old as the school is near collapsing, the roofs are supported with blocks to prevent rain from flooding their rooms.
Also, the entire windows of the one storey building occupied by the senior secondary class one students of the school are without protectors, which is very dangerous considering the age of the students.
The school laboratory has collapsed, with practical equipment in ruins, little wonder how the students in senior secondary class 3 coped with their practical in the WAEC and on-going NECO examinations, that is, if they actually did their practical examinations.
The school environment looks very awful. The school dining hall is now a dump site for spoilt desks. One of the students told our correspondent that they have no library. Worse still, the school has no chairs.
Same Friday, July 29, 2022, when TNN visited the school, representatives from the government paid a visit to the school, though they had said they were not allowed to grant interview, but affirmed that they visited the school on needs assessment.
A staff who spoke on grounds of anonymity told our correspondent that “this is their usual way, they will always visit in the name of needs assessment, they will move round, yet no help has come; their visit has yielded nothing since it started, the school keeps going from worse to worse. Go and see the principal, the woman doesn’t have problem, she will attend to you.”
The principal, Mrs. Onuah Uloma Stella in a talk with TNN said they lacked chairs and that she had made efforts to seek help, adding that Charles Dale among few others came to their aid, even as she stressed that the major, immediate need of the school is chairs.
She urged old student’s association of the school and those concerned to come to the aid of the school by providing chairs for them.