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Classrooms made dormitory, dining hall turned classrooms as students lament at Ayirebi SHS


Ayirebi Senior High School in Ofoase Ayirebi Constituency in the Eastern region is facing serious infrastructural challenges compelling students to sleep in classrooms converted into dormitories while learning under makeshift pavilion structure.

Ayirebi Senior High School has not seen any major facelift and infrastructural expansion since its establishment in 1992. The Free Senior High School policy which has led to an exponential increase in student population has worsened pressure on the limited facilities on campus.

A visit to the school observed that some classrooms have been converted into dormitories due to inadequate accommodation facilities. A pavilion structure which serves as dining and Assembly halls has also been demarcated into classrooms for some first-year students.

The entire boarding students numbering over a thousand rely on a single borehole due to the failure by management to repair a borehole for the boys which was damaged months ago. Students, therefore, join long queues every day to fetch water affecting punctuality.

Female students say the deplorable state of the toilet facility in the school causes lots of vaginal infections.
A female student lamented to Starr News that “We are facing a lot of problems in my school. Some of the problems are inadequate dormitories. Our dormitories are too small. Looking at the population in the school and looking at the dormitories it doesn’t help us due to that there are a lot of diseases spreading”.

She bemoaned further that ” Our lavatory is not good. Some of the girls are getting candidiasis which is causing a lot to us. We don’t feel comfortable when we are in class even the desks are inadequate. So you see two people on one desk. It doesn’t help us sit comfortably in class. Our food is not good and always the same food, it is not helping us”.

A male student also stated “Problems that we are facing in the school is a lot but I have Tru things I want to talk about. The first thing is the school dormitory. We don’t have a lot of accommodation. We don’t have a lot of dormitories so some of the classrooms have been changed to dormitories and because of that we don’t have a place for people to learn. For the water that we drink,  you can see that we have two boreholes in the school but one is spoilt so for boys and girls we use only one borehole with four taps because of the students. We are always late to go the class”.

Source: Ghana/ Ansah


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