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VIDEO: Primary School in Benin where pupils take classes under the rain
A video has gone viral on the social media showing a primary school in Benin, the Capital of Edo State, with roofs so leaky that the pupils have nowhere to go when it is raining.
The creator of the video clip said he had driven into the primary school compound to take shelter from the rain, not knowing that the school was still in use.
“This is Aruosa primary school in the heart of Benin, Abakpava road,” he said. “I came to park my car inside the compound when I saw some children,so I thought, maybe it’s an abandoned school, only for me to find out that it is a functional school and kids are actually having classes here.
“Right now they are on break. As you can see, it’s raining and this is a class where pupils are taking lectures, in the heart of Benin.
“This is not good at all, the government has to come to the rescue of the school right now because this is appalling. It’s really really appalling.
“Children are inside the rain taking classes in this school. This is an embarrassment to us, this is an embarrassment to Nigeria.”
At other classrooms, the kids were seen squatting outside, some of them shivering from the cold.
“There’s practically no roof over their heads anymore,” said the man behind the camera. “This is supposed to be a school. This is really shocking.
“The kids are outside because the rain has driven them from their classes. There are no chairs, there are no tables, and there is no floor for them to sit down.
As shown in the video clip which lasted for two minutes and twenty seconds, some parts of the classroom blocks have already collapsed, and the standing blocks look like they will soon cave in also.
Watch the video here:
Unbelievable! This is a primary school in Benin, Edo state 😳😳😳. pic.twitter.com/2Q30sE3g1o
— Laila Ijeoma (@LailaIjeoma) June 21, 2018
As an aftermath of the video clip, Osagie Obaseki, Governor of Edo State, has announced the interim closure of the primary school, as well as others in same condition, so that renovation works could be carried out.
Crusoe Osagie, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, made the announcement on Wednesday, adding that the school is not supposed to be in use as the state government had already ordered that the pupils be relocated to a nearby primary school.
“All such schools with dilapidated structures have been shutdown with immediate effect. Students and pupils in the affected schools are hereby relocated to other schools that will be announced soon,” Osagie said.
“The state government has ordered an investigation to ascertain why the initial relocation order of the pupils with their teachers was not enforced.
“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.”