INEC DEPRIVES CHILDREN OF EDUCATION IN NNEWI
The Independent National Electoral Commission began training of ad-hoc staff for the February elections at Nnewi High School, Nnewi
StateReporter News can confirm that students from JS 1 to JS 3 were displaced as their materials (desks) are being used as well as their classrooms for the exercise
Efforts to get the INEC personnel to explain further as regards the arrangement, they all declined to comment while an anonymous source with the school, voiced great displeasure at the situation
These children are not receiving classes anymore especially the JS 3 students who have external exams (Mock and Junior WASSCE) coming up in a few weeks
They will still face the same exams as other schools despite lagging behind for no fault of theirs
The notice for the usage of the school was both sudden and unplanned, with no contingency plan to adequately handle the side effects of hosting such an event during school days
It is very inappropriate to hinder children from their studies and to make matters worse, no compensation will be given for the damages that will surely be incurred as a result of the usage of the children’s desks as most of the volunteers now use the desks as seats while some stand on them, which is highly inappropriate and unfair to both the students and parents” said the source
A quick look around the school revealed that the volunteers had converted the environment into lavatories at any given chance and corner, resulting in the pollution of the school environment, rendering it unfit for quality learning when this exercise comes to an end on Thursday
While some parents frowned at this development, the INEC officials who were ill mannered, were seen barking orders, bereft of all civility and decorum which further turned the environment into a noisy arena
Despite the obvious dangers (educationally and hygienically) the INEC have exposed the children to, they still went ahead to group the volunteers of about 1000 people into 5 groups of:
Questions now are:
Is training of INEC ad-hoc staff now of more importance than the importation of education to Nnewi children?
Why didn’t the INEC use an open field unaffiliated with a school for this exercise?
Why didn’t the INEC fix the trainings for weekends even if they decided to make use of school facilities?
Will INEC assume the responsibility of replacing spoilt school materials of children that will result from this exercise?
Will INEC be responsible for the environmental cleanup as a result of the lack of provision of lavatories for the participants?
Nnewi children cannot be deprived of education for any reason whatsoever, talk more of electoral events while other children are taught.