Ngor/Okpala: Non Acquisition of Textbooks among Public Schools Students and Other Challenges
By Nwaorgu Faustinus
Published November 28th, 2011
The role textbooks play in the advancement
and enlightenment of humanity cannot be over stressed especially in the
education of public and private primary school pupils as well as their secondary
school counterparts. Apart from being a veritable source of acquiring knowledge,
it also serves as an invaluable medium for preparing public and private school
students for both internal and external examinations as they burn the midnight
oil in order to make good grades. Furthermore, students consult their textbooks
when assignment or homework is given thus playing the role of an assistant in
getting the assignment done.
But what has continued to agitate the minds of many observers of the issue at
hand is the alarming rate of non possession or rather acquisition of textbooks
by public and even private school students in Ngor/Okpala council area.
Investigation by this writer showed that few students have Mathematics and
English Language textbooks as a result of the importance teachers and parents
attach to them. It is not an exaggeration that out of ten randomly picked
students, only three or four have Mathematics or English Textbooks not to
mention other subjects’ textbooks whose possession have become very rare. A
visit to public schools and dispassionate assessment of the numbers of students
that have textbooks will surely make the assessor sad.
Question: who is to blame for this state of affairs? No doubt, parents should be
the ones to take the bulk of the blame as the provision of textbooks for their
wards should be their responsibility. Poverty one of the vicissitudes of life,
in addition to other family challenges has been adduced for the inability of
most parents to purchase textbooks for the various subjects taught in schools.
The situation most times prevent some public school students from solving their
take-home assignment as there is no handy textbooks they can use as a guide,
assistance or aid to get the assignment done. Often times such homework is left
unattended as there is no textbook or willing individual or person knowledgeable
that can assist them tackle such academic work.
The various tiers of government should not be excluded from the blame, for there
are still public schools that have not received textbooks either from the state
government or local government since the inception of democracy in 1999. A visit
to some public school libraries will reveal a sad story of indifference by the
state government and local government to equip them with contemporary textbooks
for the students to use.
No doubt our parents and constituted authorities whose responsibility is to
provide textbooks for their wards and public schools especially at the
grassroots have failed, taking into cognizance the state of some of the
libraries which is best described as abysmal. Needless to say that such state of
affairs needs to be reversed for the better. Therefore, a proactive step should
be taken by parents, state government and the local government with a view to
providing textbooks for students and public schools’ libraries. As an addition,
public-spirited individuals, nongovernmental organizations and cooperate
organisation touched by the seemingly appalling state of libraries in the
council area can donate textbooks as part of their corporate social
Similarly, the state government led by Governor Owelle Rochas should as a matter
of utmost importance employ teachers who will teach some subjects where teachers
for such subjects are lacking. The above request has become imperative in view
of complaint being made by students of some public secondary schools in the
It is being alleged in some quarters that teachers deployed or transferred to
schools that are far and located at the outskirts of some rural communities
immediately work their transfer or deployment back to urban-based schools as a
result of the availability of social and infrastructural facilities. But for how
long will the government continue to tolerate such misdemeanour meted out to
rural-based public schools and what is it doing to nip the trend in the bud? It
behoves the appropriate authority charged with posting of teachers in rural
areas to follow it up to ensure that those posted to rural schools do not
influence their posting back to the state capital.
With the present upsurge in the population of public school students, especially
in the rural areas brought about by the introduction of free education in Imo
State by the current administration of Chief Rochas Okorocha, it has therefore
become expedient to send teachers to schools where their services are urgently
needed. I remember at the time I did a piece with the title, “Imo State
Government: Save Amala/Ntu Secondary School from Total Rot” published in some
online media that the above school among other schools need teachers that will
teach a number of subjects that has no teachers to teach them. The ealier the
state government do this the better.
God bless Ngor/Okpala.
Nwao(r)gu, Faustinus wrote from Port Harcourt, Rivers State and can be
reached on 08035601312. Email:firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com