“Why I walk 20km home from school daily – 14-yr-old Gombe pupil

From Auwal Abdulrazaq, Gombe

Shehu Muhammadu, a 14-year-old pupil of Government Primary School, Kanawa community in Gombe state says his love for western education makes him walk about 20 kilometers from school every day.

Muhammadu disclosed this in an interview with the Daily Telescope in Kanawa, Yamaltu-Deba Local Government Area of Gombe state.

He said for him, the pain of walking home was nothing compared to the pain of not going to school, adding that the benefit of education in the future would eradicate his pains of walking home from school daily.

“I live in Garin-Abba community which is about 20 kilometres from my school (Kanawa primary). We have a school in Garin-Bera community which is about five kilometers from my community.

“The teachers in that school do not enter classes to teach. This made many pupils relocate to other schools in Kwadom but I choose here because they have good structure and they teach well.

“My father brings me to school every day before going to work in Kwadom community and then when I close, I journey home on foot and honestly it’s very painful,’’ he said.

Narrating his experience, the primary-three pupil who broke down in tears said he often walks through the lonely route to his house alone and whenever he was exhausted, “I rest under any tree before continuing the journey.’’

Muhammadu said he would like to become a political leader in any capacity in the future, “so that I can bring development to my community and help the poor.’’

He said that his father who is a farmer usually give him money for transport back home but “no commercial motorcycle riders want to take our route. So, instead of waiting endlessly, I just walk home.’’

The pupil said that his father would have bought a bicycle for him but he could not because of the harsh economic situation., saying, “for now I need a bicycle to help me get home on time to rest and read well.’’

Muhammadu appealed to the state governor to assist him with a bicycle; “I use this opportunity to appeal to Gov. Inuwa Yahaya to come to my aid; I need a bicycle.’’

He advised children in Gombe state who are not going to school to have a change of mind and embrace education as according to him, “education is very important for children and they will reap the benefits in the future.’’

Malam Mohammed Omar, the head teacher of Kanawa Primary School said Muhammadu had never missed school since the re-opening of school this term.

Omar said that “the pupil is very committed and if assisted he would fare better because I also feel for him too.”


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