The Student’s Representative Council of the Accra School of Hygiene has expressed disappointment in government’s inability to provide job placements for students who graduate from the school.
Students of the school after completion and graduation are often found wanting and left with the trouble of finding jobs in their field of study.
Currently, some graduates from the Ho and Tamale Schools of Hygiene are still awaiting their postings after several years of completion.
Vice Principal of the Accra School of Hygiene, Raphael Komla Nutsukpui, said a long list of products of the school lack employment opportunities, a situation he described as unfair on the part of students.
Mr Nutsukpui made this statement during the school’s annual sanitation week celebration aimed at reaching out to the general public on the need to promote and maintain good environmental sanitation in order to sustain development.
He said their only reliable employer, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, has often expressed the inability to absorb all the students.
The school, founded in the year 1915, has since not received much help and support from the government, resulting in even worse prevailing issues of deplorable conditions, one as such, is the school’s hostel facility.
He said staff are compelled to share hostel facilities with students which bring about a lot of discomfort.
Meanwhile, renovation work of the hostel has come to a standstill, giving room for even further deterioration.
President of the SRC, Matthias M. Ametefe, emphasized the need for the general public as well as stakeholders to show much concern for preventive healthcare than curative healthcare.
He said, ‘Investing in the training of one environmental health officer is worth more than five medical doctors because a single officer can help prevent a disease which would take a team of doctors to diagnose and treat.’
On the issue of postings, he recommended that graduates on waiting list to be deployed to the various metropolitan and municipal district assemblies (MMDAs) to help educate the public on good hygiene practices and enforce the public health laws where necessary.
By Angela Dzidzornu
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