Right International and PIAC had indeed confirmed that dormitories and classrooms continue to be overcrowded, with some students sleeping on the floor in dormitories, while some female students, who could not find accommodation on school compounds and had to put up in rented places, got raped.
The study, conducted in 60 schools, including some of the grade ‘A’ schools, showed that some classrooms were packed with as many as 160 students, with inadequate teaching staff to handle the numbers.
Most schools also had inadequate toilet facilities, leading to queuing at KVIPs in the schools. The policy research, conducted across the country between September 2017 and June 2018, was to examine class sizes and how it promoted quality teaching and learning.
At the Presbyterian Senior High Technical School at Aburi in the Eastern Region, for instance, it said 150 students shared a 74-square metre room. In the case of the Tamale SHS in the Northern Region, it said students in the girls’ dormitory “sleep on the bare floor with their mattresses.There were no beds available for the girls”.In the case of the Peki Senior High Technical School in the Volta Region, a dormitory which housed 20 students in 2016 now housed 50 students. “The same size of room (53 square metres) which housed 18 students at Achimota SHS accommodated 35 students in the Zorkor SHS in the Upper East Region,” it said.
The report also found a worrying trend of inadequate toilet facilities in the schools, although student population had increased astronomically. It said there were fewer than average number of KVIP seats for students, causing long queues in the mornings and evenings. For instance, in the case of the Aburi Presbyterian Senior High Technical School, it said a population of about 1,200 boys shared an eight-seater KVIP, while over 1,000 girls shared a 10-seater KVIP.According to the report, similar issues were recorded at Twene Amanfo SHS in the Brong Ahafo Region, where 1,300 students shared a 12-seater KVIP.
Parents should please consider the above before sending their wards to school.
It’s better to have your wards as day students where you can have supervision