Rising SHS Enrollment Creating Huge Waste on Campuses
A recent study is recommending that local government authorities in Ghana should review their waste management policies to include senior high schools, to effectively tackle waste management in the country. The study found that waste management in senior high schools is becoming a significant issue due to the increase in population resulting from the Free SHS policy.
Dr. Simon-Boateng, the lead researcher stated that, increase in a waste generation on campuses has the potential to cause health problems, such as cholera, diarrhea, and malaria. The study also revealed that both urban and rural senior high schools face challenges in solid waste management, such as insufficient resources and poor waste collection routines.
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He further recommended that school officials should form environmental education clubs to promote effective waste management practices among students, particularly those from rural areas. The group would assist in educating other students about waste segregation, with putrescible waste being converted into organic manure and the non-putrescible waste being recycled for other purposes.
He indicate that the District Assemblies should extend their waste management services to include senior high schools in addition to communities and that peer sensitization is crucial in promoting effective waste management practices among students.