About 600 students of Kpandai senior high school in the Northern region are forced to eat under some unhealthy trees due to government inability to provide a dining hall facility after the old one has become virtually a death trap.
Also a lot of the facilities that was handed over to the school during its inception in 1991 have remained but in a very poor condition, although the school’s population has increased significantly.
The only dining hall which was built for only 100 students now has to be occupied by over 600 students. Tables and chairs in the hall are insufficient compelling some students stand to have their meals. The building has become over the hill with cracks all over including the cemented floor, the roofs is frayed and tatty with pores and openings making sun rays and rain permeable.
According to the headmaster of the school, Mr. Felix, even though authorities are aware of the health implications pose to students eating under bushy trees but said they have no alternative.
“We can’t allow the students to continue eating in that hall, it is very dangerous. We have tried on several occasions to get authorities attention to come to our aid, at least to renovate this hall for us. We have to move them out so to protect them, the building is now dangerous”.
The dining hall prefect said there has been incidence where pluck of leaves and droppings of birds and lizards would have to be removed from meals of students before they continue eating. He added that, it is very a tough task controlling the students during eating sessions.
Meanwhile, the school also lacks masters’ bungalows and adequate dormitories for both boys and girls. The headmaster again noted that, the situation threats teaching and learning and extra curricula activities.
It was found that two students occupy a bed and some have to sleep in classrooms when classes are over.
Teachers say, they are fed with the situation and very discontent and frustrated teaching at the school.
The senior housemaster also lamented on the situation describing it as “critical”. He revealed that students from afar have been withdrawing from the boarding house and resorting to private rentals which he said has serious implications on the security of the students.
The school authority is therefore making a passionate appeal to all stakeholders in education, especially the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GET Fund) to come to their aid.
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