Parents of students of Federal Government College, Nise, in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State, have petitioned the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, over the condition of their wards in the school.
The parents in a petition signed by ‘concerned parents’, alleged the maltreatment of their children by the principal of the school, Mrs Ijeoma Ekumankama.
They said their children were literally in prison, considering their living conditions.
They said under Ekumankama, the condition of the school has deteriorated so badly that the education minister has to intervene.
Part of their petition read: “Our Children are presently living in overcrowded hostels with maggot-infested overflowing toilets. The Principal, Mrs. Ekumankama defiantly refused to improve these children’s living conditions despite all the resources channelled in by the PTA.
“The children are malnourished, due to very poor feeding in the school, despite support, with provisions by the parents, and these happen under the principal’s watch.
“The hostels and dining of these children are worse than prison. They are so overcrowded with a population of about 2,200 students.”
The parents said the principal has rather channelled support made available by the parents for their children’s welfare to build a mansion for herself.
They also complained that rather than punish students for wrongdoings as a deterrent, the principal imposes fine on them, which are borne by the parents.
A parent told our correspondent that once, he was asked to provide money for blocks, because his daughter scaled the fence, instead of punishing the child.
When DAILY POST visited Federal Government College, Nise, to hear Ekumankama’s side of the story, security officials at the gate said students had vacated on Tuesday for midterm break, and that the principal was not on seat.
Attempts to get her mobile phone contact from the security men proved abortive.