Plans have been concluded by the Niger Delta Citizens and Budget Platform and a group of volunteers to visit all Primary Schools in 5 Local government areas in Rivers state. The research visits are aimed at understanding the extent and spread of the Rivers state model primary school scheme. The scheme involves the construction of model primary schools each fitted with libraries, crèches, sick bays, computer rooms, school auditoriums, spacious classrooms, sports fields, play pens, power generating sets, and internet connectivity. While the scheme has been applauded by many, there are however concerns that its applicability is mostly in urban areas, while the rural areas are mostly unattended; and that the key facilities are never in use.
The field visits planned to last for two weeks, will gather information relevant to staffing, adequacy of schools, enrollment, impact of the state free education policy and spread of model schools. Data gathered will be synthesized and form the basis of recommendation to the Rivers state government for policy improvement.
Selection of local governments for the exercise was based on rural urban- divide, and riverine-upland divide. Local governments selected are Port Harcourt City, Degema, Bonny, Oyigbo and Ahaoda West.