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Some pupils are forced to take classes under trees and in the open as a result of a shortage of classrooms equipped with desks and chairs.

There are fears of an impending disease outbreak and health crisis in Arikime Primary School in the Potiskum Local Government Area of Yobe State due to the large number of pupils in the school.

At the moment, over 13,000 pupils attend the public learning centre, according to a recent headcount by local government officials, with more children likely to enrol in the weeks ahead as a result of inadequate schools in the state occasioned by displacements caused by activities of terror groups in the region.

According to findings by charityreporters, over 300 pupils are crammed into each classroom oftentimes with the school’s grossly inadequate teachers struggling to impart knowledge of any kind to the students.

Some pupils are forced to take classes under trees and in the open as a result of a shortage of classrooms equipped with desks and chairs.

Also, sanitary conditions within the school are nothing to write home about as pupils urinate and defecate indiscriminately on the premises, raising the risk of a disease outbreak.

The few toilets in the school are hardly kept clean and grossly inadequate to cater to the needs of over 13,000 pupils in Arikime.

Potable water is also not readily available here, leaving a huge number of pupils dehydrated most times of the day and unable to clean themselves properly whenever they answer nature’s call.

Despite efforts by the school’s management to salvage the situation, facilities at the place have been stretched beyond limits due to the unusually large number of pupils with the situation likely to get worse in the coming weeks.

“The situation in the school is very terrible,” a parent, Halima Adamu, whose child previously attended the institution, told charityreporters. “Students often learn under trees and in the open. Many of them also sit on bare floors in classrooms when such is available to them. The entire environment smells of urine and faeces because many of the students defecate openly around the compound. There is no steady supply of clean water and that is why the students are always dirty.

“Many students who attend the school graduate to secondary school without really learning anything.

“I had to withdraw my daughter from the school after we realised she fell ill often and was performing poorly with her academics.

“There is no way students can learn anything good in such an environment where sometimes over 200 of them are crammed into a single classroom,” the parent added.

Another parent, Musa Babagana, who spoke with Charityreporters on the situation at Arikime Primary School, disclosed that he was compelled to withdraw his son from the school as he was constantly falling ill as a result of Sepsis contracted from the school environment.

According to him, despite his complaints that his child was always falling ill due to being crammed in classrooms with poor ventilation, the school management was unable to do anything about it, leaving him with no choice but to remove his child from the place.

“As a result of the large number of pupils in the school, the air available for the children to breathe is highly contaminated.

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