Ghana Senior High School (Ghanasco) in Tamale, Northern Region of Ghana, has come under scrutiny for converting a toilet facility into a makeshift dormitory. The co-educational second-cycle institution has reportedly been facing an acute shortage of accommodation for students, which led to this concerning development.
According to Rainbow Radio’s Prince Kwame Tamakloe, “students who sleep in the converted toilet facility keep their belongings such as trunks and chop boxes inside the toilet where they also sleep. Some of the students interviewed revealed that they had no choice but to resort to sleeping in the lavatory due to a lack of space in the school”.
The situation, however, raises concerns about the health and safety of the students. When asked if they disinfected the toilet before sleeping inside, the students responded in the negative. Additionally, due to the lack of access to adequate toilet facilities, the students are engaging in open defecation which, in turn, has caused some of them to contract illnesses such as Malaria and typhoid fever.
The students have appealed to authorities to intervene and immediately construct a dormitory and toilet facility for them. However, when confronted, the headmaster of the school claimed that he was unaware of the situation and that it was news to him.
The government and other relevant authorities must take immediate action to address the situation in Ghanasco and ensure that students are provided with a safe and conducive learning environment.