The Edo State government has seal the only public secondary school serving Ugiamwen, Ugbiyokho, Ukpogo and Ago Fhana communities.
Since last year when state government officials put the school under lock and key, the students have been at home.
The state government’s action arrived on the heels of the indigenes refurbishing the ageing school building with their own money.
A letter written by a representative of the communities to the state government read in part:
“The school was designed to serve, and indeed, it has served four communities, namely: Ugiamwen, Ugbiyokho, Ukpogo and Ago Fhana for over 30-40 years.
“Regrettably, in the last few years, not much attention was paid to the school, which was virtually left without teachers.
“Things got so bad that only the principal of the school was left as both the teaching and non – teaching staff. There was no supporting staff whatsoever.
“Alarmed by the above development, the four communities got together and engaged some retired teachers in the communities to teach the children in the school.
“All expenses for these teachers were borne by the communities.”
The state government is yet to respond to the letter.