An Open Letter to Comrade Ken. Okoh The Chairman Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools(ASUSS) Delta State Chapter


By Richardson Ogwezzy

I on behalf of members of staff of Girls’ Secondary School, Kwale, thank the Chairman ASUSS Delta State Chapter Comrade
Ken. Okoh and his team on their visit on 13th of October, 2020 to Girls’ Secondary School, Kwale, to see to the welfares of members of staff of the school, having heard how the teachers have been placed in a very disadvantageous position due to the flood which has completely submerged three out of four classroom buildings of the school.

The members of staff appreciate his kind gestures. The school is equally using this medium to appeal to you to relay the precarious situation of the members of staff and the nature of the school to the government. Furthermore, we pray you to inform the government that the situation of Girls’ Secondary School, Kwale, during rainy seasons has been a yearly problem since the 2012 great flood. That alternative arrangements should always be put in place annually to save the unnecessary stress on the government, members of staff and students during rainy seasons.

I will equally want you to exert influence on the issue of NECO supervision by teachers in the flooded areas of the State. The teachers in Ndokwa West and East LGA going on supervision are presently exercising great fear because many areas are flooded. In going to such flooded areas, take for example, many roads usually plied by motor cycles and cars were now plied by flying boats and canoes eg Ashaka-Kwale road which some lives are presently being lost in the course of commuting
within the Local Government Areas. This Ashaka-Kwale road last week would have taken the lives of two teachers from Girls’ Secondary School, Kwale, on their way back home from school, it was only God that saved their lives, but their bags and documents were surrendered to the speedy current.

I will urge you to see how you can soften the plight of teachers in the State during this NECO examination supervision period, because the issue at hand is common to many Local Government Areas in Delta State. I mean, in terms of teachers’ safety, risk in carrying examination bv sensitive materials and ways to have a hitch-free exercise. Apart from that, a better approach to this could be letting the examining body NECO make a survey of Secondary Schools been flooded in the State to enable them ascertain
the extent of the flood in order to take decisions on what should be done.

Once again, the teachers in the school appreciate your love and care, and pray God to give you the grace to lead Delta State Secondary School teachers to an enviable height in Jesus name.

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