Wamale Roman Catholic Junior High School (JHS) in the Tamale Metropolis of the Northern Region has appealed for toilet and sanitary facilities to improve hygiene, sanitation and safety amongst its students.
Authorities say the students are exposed to snakes and other dangerous reptiles as they openly respond to nature’s call in nearby bushes.
Mr Alhassan Fuseini, Headmaster of Wamale Roman Catholic JHS, who made the appeal, said the only toilet facility, which served the community and the students, was in deplorable state and had since been abandoned.
The school, which has an estimated population of 200 students, does not have a urinal, toilet and changing rooms.
Mr Fuseini, who made the appeal in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tamale, said the non-availability of the facilities was adversely affecting academic activities while students engaged in open defecation.
He said: “The development encourages student absenteeism and low participation in academic activities.”
Alhaji Abu Takoro, Basic Schools Coordinator, Tamale Metropolitan Directorate of Education, expressed need for the provision of more facilities in the Metropolis, adding, “the Assembly is collaborating with non-governmental organisations amongst other stakeholders to complement efforts of government in bringing the needed facilities to the schools.”
Ms Nana Ayisha Wunzalgu Zakaria, a pupil of Wamale Roman Catholic JHS lamented over their plight and said: “We are exposed to snakes and other dangerous animals when we visit the bush to defecate.”