At the Secondary Grammar School in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State, the majority of students study while sitting on the ground.
The only public secondary school in the oil-rich neighborhood of Ibeno, which is home to Exxon Mobil yet has poor educational infrastructure, is Secondary Grammar School.
Pictures showing children sitting on the floor during lessons recently inundated the internet, and many people noted that it was unusual for the only school in a community to be in such a state given that it produces the nation’s income.
The Akwa Ibom State government should work toward upholding the social contract it has with the people by giving enough facilities to schools, according to Diana David, a representative of Policy Alert. She also encouraged the government to declare an emergency in education.
Being the sole secondary school in Ibeno, Douglas Akpan, the principal general of the school, expressed regret that enrollment was rising and encouraged the state government to do more to improve the facility.
“The amenities are woefully inadequate; new facilities are needed. Although Akwa Ibom offers free education, we still want better facilities, the principal pleaded with the government.