Salaga Senior High School in the East Gonja District of the Northern Region is facing dire accommodation challenges which have led to overcrowding of students at various dormitories on campus.
The school with a student population of about 2,100, comprising of second and third year students has limited number of dormitories for both male and female students.
North Star news visit to the school during the week saw some male students at Nkrumah House supporting their dilapidated place of abode with papers, foam mattresses and other materials available to them to stop leaking from the roof top of the dormitory.
Speaking to North Star news in an exclusive interview at Salaga, Headmaster of Salaga SHS, Alhaji Imoro Sumani Issahaku disclosed that the school administration with support from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has managed to put up temporal structures to accommodate some students. Alhaji Sumani explained that, for the 2015/2016 academic year, the school declared only 650 vacancies for admission but the Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) placed 800 students to the school.
This development the headmaster said, on some occasions compels the school to admit over the required number because most of the students are from the catchment area of the school.
He lamented on the ordeal most students go through during the heat season. The overcrowding sometimes lead to the outbreak of skin diseases due to the inadequate ventilation at the dormitories.
North Star visit to the School also saw some students with their beds placed outside the dormitories, exposing them to all the dangers associated with the bushy environment and the harsh weather conditions.
Alhaji Sumani again revealed that students from the township of Salaga are lured to stay at home and attend classes to reduce the overcrowding at the dormitories and classrooms.
He also appealed to other benevolent organizations and individuals to run to the aid of the school in the provision accommodation. Alhaji Sumani bemoaned the fact that after several appeals to the government, a committed action is yet to be taken.
Story by: Abubakari Sadiq – Righteous DJ