Monday 17th June, 2013Printable Version Tuna (N/R), June 17, GNA - Congestion in rooms of hostels at the Tuna Senior High/Technical School is one of the biggest challenges confronting students.
The situation has led to sharing of students™ mattress, sleeping very closely to each other and sleeping in turns to avoid easy infection of communicable diseases.
A room with 21 beds is accommodating about 50 students and a 10-bed room is also housing 40 students.
The students have packed their boxes on the floor of the veranda and their footwear hanging on top of the roofing boards.
Many of the students sleep outside and anytime it rains, they have to cram themselves on the veranda a situation they said was affecting their studies and academic performance.
Some of the students, who conducted the Ghana News Agency round the hostels during the inauguration of a GHÂ¢ 99,000 boys dormitory provided by the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District Assembly, called on government to come to their aid.
The students complained that they were not only exposed to snakes and other reptiles during the nights but were also entertaining the fear that any outbreak of communicable diseases would affect many of them.
Mrs. Habiba .A. Abosore, Headmistress of the School, explained that even though the school was yet to be upgraded to a boarding status, about 60 per cent of students population came from different districts and regions and could not afford their own accommodation.
She said that had compelled the school authorities to convert some of its inadequate classroom facilities into hostels to help provide accommodation for the students.
Mrs. Abosore appealed to government to consider upgrading the school into a boarding school system while also calling on benevolent organisations to come to the aid of the school by providing it with classrooms and hostels.
The headmistress™s office is also an eye sore - a small apartment with poor ventilation and deplorable condition.
Mrs. Abosore entreated authorities of the Ghana Education Trust Fund to prevail on the contractor to complete the one-storey project for the school on time.
She commended the Assembly for the provision of the facility and gave the assurance that the school would do well to maintain it.
Master Abubakari Osman, senior prefect of the school, advised students in the school to shun hooliganism and maintain discipline at all times for them to benefit from facilities that government was providing the school.