By Emma Amaize
WARRI—ABOUT 80 per cent of teachers posted to primary and secondary schools in riverside communities in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State, have refused to report for duty, though they religiously draw their salaries monthly.
A non-governmental organisation, Tompolo Foundation, set up by ex-militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, said during a recent tour of the foundation to schools in the area, that there were only two teachers on ground in each of the 10 primary/secondary schools, visited.
Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Mr. Paul Bebenimibo, told Vanguard in Warri, yesterday, “The visit by our project officers to select 10 of the 15 primary and secondary schools in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West Local Government Area, to assess the usage of the educational materials we donated to them, three months ago, revealed that they lack teachers.
“The team jointly led by Geoffrey Okolie and Gloria Okubotimbi, was delighted that all the donated educational materials were being judiciously utilized and Jeijei Primary School, Kurutie, was the best organised, but in 10 of the schools, they met only two teachers each.
“Our information is that teachers deployed to riverside communities stay put in Warri and refuse to go to their duty posts, but they had made arrangements to collect their salaries at the end of the month.
“We call on the Delta State Government and the Ministry of Primary/Secondary Education in the state to post more teachers to schools in riverside communities.”