BY VINCENT UJUMADU
Awka- GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State has said the government take over of schools from the missionaries after the Nigerian civil war, contributed to the fallen standard of education in the country.
The governor who spoke while inspecting some secondary schools in Onitsha, explained that it was to ensure that education returned to its pride of place that informed his administration’s decision to return schools to their original owners.
He said the state government would soon commence rebuilding of structures in some secondary schools in the state, beginning with Ado Girls Secondary School in Onitsha.
According to the governor, his visit to the school was in response to a text message he received from the senior prefect of the school, Miss Cynthia Anayo Anim, who expressed sadness on the level of the school’s dilapidation.
While requesting the school to send in estimates for the renovation, the governor emphasized that it was unacceptable to his government for children to study under such unfavourable environment which, he regretted, was the same in almost all the schools at the inception of his administration.
He also visited Our Lady High School, Nkpor, where he donated a brand new 20 sitter bus and ten computers to the school, noting that the gesture was in line with the government’s policy of supporting both public and private schools towards achieving quality education in the state.
The governor stressed the need for strong moral values and discipline in teaching and learning, urging the students to work hard to achieve their full potentials and live fulfilled lives.