THE continuous building of classrooms for our primary schools in Oyo State, despite the dwindling population of pupils in these schools, and the fact that the classrooms built by past administrations, local governments, constituency project of members of Oyo State House of Assembly, ETF and PTA are underutilised has continued to be a source of concern for me.
The question that comes to my mind over this issue is that does Oyo SUBEB have any agenda for our primary schools aside provision of classrooms? As at the time of writing this piece, construction works are on-going in various primary schools in the state. While there is nothing bad in providing classrooms for our pupils, what I frown at is the policy which gives priority to building of classrooms for building sake. In other words, building of more classrooms when the available ones are underutilised is a misplaced priority. As such, most of the playing grounds in many schools have given in to new classrooms, thereby crippling sporting activities in various schools. In relation to the above, there are many derelict classrooms buildings in many schools that are caving in and need urgent maintenance
I believe it is more reasonable to maintain the old classrooms than build new ones in view of economic problems staring the nation in the face. My position is that it is high time Oyo SUBEB reviewed its policies as concerning our primary schools.
Aside classrooms, there are many innovations that could be introduced to make our primary schools conducive for learning. As an example, the schools can be fenced, well drained with modern toiletries and boreholes. Aside, solar powered street lights could be installed at strategic places in the schools to illuminate the school compound at nights. In addition, it would stop the hoodlums from using these schools as hideouts to perpetrate evils. Lastly, library facilities could be provided for our primary schools as this would promote reading habits among our pupils early in life.