Posted by Nelson Dafe, Benin City | 18 July 2015 | 5,028 times
They may have their hearing impaired, but students of a secondary school in Benin City certainly made themselves heard on Tuesday, July 14.
The deaf students of Ihogbe Secondary School took to the streets to protest the non-availability of teachers in their school.
Shocked residents of TV road in the Edo State capital, where the school is located, witnessed a bizarre scene of hundreds of hearing-impaired students shutting the main gate to the school compound and refusing all entreaties from the principal and other teachers, as well as concerned citizens for them to open the gate.
Newsmen who were at the scene struggled to obtain comments from the angry hearing-impaired students, who could not speak.
However, a sheet of paper was brought and one of the deaf students scribbled their grievances on it for journalists to read.
The special students cited the absence of enough teachers in their school as the reason why they had shut the gate.
Other students of the secondary school who are not physically challenged described the situation as unfortunate and called on government to address the problem.
“It’s not only the special students. We also don’t have teachers. So we need the government to help us,” one student said.
The principal of the school however dispatched the students, while directing them to resume on Tuesday next week.
The directive however did not go down well with the students who took to the streets in protest, setting up barricades at the entrance of the Edo State Ministry of Higher Education in Iyaro.
From there, the students marched to the Edo State House of Assembly to bring their plight to the attention of the assemblymen.
However, no legislator appeared to address them. The students then proceeded to demonstrate at the Edo State Government House, where no government official was also on hand to speak with them.
•Photo shows angry students of Ihogbe Secondary School protesting a lack of teachers in their school.
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