November 26, 2022

The popular Yalwa Practising School in Bauchi, is as old as modern Nigeria. The school was built in 1957 to serve as an avenue for students of the famous Bauchi Teachers’ College to undergo their mandatory teaching practice requirement.

Thus the school has seen many prominent indigenes of Bauchi, and indeed Nigeria passing through it. However, until recently, what this ancient school was famous for was its dilapidated structures. Given years of use and with explosion in its students’ population the infrastructure was stretched to its last.

The classes lacked desks, the roofs were leaking and the classroom floors completely worn out. Basic things such as water and electricity had become history.

The Headmistress of the School, Mallama Fatima Mukhtar Usman, said the situation in the school was demoralising for both teachers and pupils.

“Pupils used to come to the school with their mats or carpets or anything they will use to sit on to carry their lesson because there were no desks and chairs. We did not have enough classrooms,’’ she told North East Trust.

However, recently the government inaugurated a number of rehabilitated infrastructure in the school executed through the state office of Social Development Goals (SDG).

According to the Project Engineer of the SDG, Mukhtar Mohammed Musa, the package included the renovation of 18 classrooms, provision of desks and chairs in all the classrooms, the construction of perimeter wall, borehole and toilets. Learning and instructional materials were also supplied.

An elated Fatima was full of praise to the government. “Today we have more students, and we have teachers for all subjects. We have about 1500 pupils, 34 teachers and18 classrooms. The school is now up to standard, we have water, toilets, desks and chairs,’’ she said.

The Village Head of Yelwa, Alhaji Murtala Ibrahim, where the school is located said: “We are proud of this school, because it is part of the community, it is our best institution to instill discipline and knowledge into our children. I am one of the old students of the school, we are excited with the development. It brought succor to our pupils.”

The monarch said as a result of the intervention many parents who had earlier transferred their kids to other schools are now returning them.

He appealed to the government to build additional classrooms blocks, a conference hall and an ICT center in the school.

A prominent resident of the area, Mukhtar Isa Yelwa, Sarkin Malaman Yelwa said, who was also one of the old students of the school, was also happy with the intervention, adding that it has saved the entire community.

Some of the pupils, who spoke with our correspondent, said they were particularly delighted that they would no longer have to bring drinking water from their homes.

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