From Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
A group of youths in Osumenyi in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State have expressed dismay over alleged abandonment of the only two public secondary schools in the area.
The youths under the aegis of Osumenyi Youth Council said it was unfortunate that pupils offering science in the school had been studying without laboratories for decades.
President of the group, Dr Charles Ebulue, who spoke during sensitisation on COVID-19 and distribution of facemasks to the people, appealed for government intervention.
He regretted that most students had lost interest in science as a result.
He said: “Boys High School, Osumenyi and its Girls’ Secondary School counterpart have been running without science laboratories. This situation has continued to incapacitate science students and study of science in the two schools.
“We don’t have laboratories or science equipment in those two schools. No Physics, Chemistry or other sciences laboratories. There is no way in this 21st century you will talk about progress in the world without science.
“We implore Governor Obiano, who is education-friendly to come to our aid. These schools have been in existence since 1979 and the situation has been like that except some few years in the past when an attempt was made but they later returned to status quo.
“This does not in any way encourage the study of science in Osumenyi community and many of the students have lost interest in science.”
On the COVID-19 preventive campaign, Ebulue said the exercise was targeted at checkmating community spread of the virus, which he noted, many of the rural dwellers never believed was real.