Caleb Kuleke, GNA
Tongor-Dzemeni (V/R), Jan. 17 GNA - The lack of toilet facilities in the Tongor-Dzemeni Evangelical Presbyterian Junior High and Primary Schools in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region is compelling the about 1,056 pupils to defecate in bushes few metres away from the School.
A few of the pupils and some teachers however trek across a road to access a public toilet after an old toilet facility in the School collapsed in 2009.
The primary school has no urinal with a chunk of the female pupils opting to urinate in the open than using a dilapidated unhygienic urinal for the Junior High School.
Mr Isaac Afele, Head Teacher for the Primary School said two pupils were knocked down by motorbikes last year whilst trying to cross the road to access the public toilet.
Mr. Justice Kofi Samuel Obiri, Head Teacher for the Junior High School said most of the pupils spent lesson periods in queues to access the public toilet, affecting effective teaching and learning.
He said some of the pupils had become truants by seeking permission to attend to nature’s call to stay away from classes.
He said the School had written to the District Assembly to help to address the situation and yet to receive any response from the Assembly.
When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the primary school, it saw some female pupils between the ages of 13 and 15 urinating in the open at the back of the school.
GNA also spotted faeces behind some classrooms and a few others around the compound.
Ms Delali Agbewowoele, the Girls Prefect of the Junior High School said many girls absented themselves from school when in their menstrual periods because they had no place to change their sanitary pads.
She said a few who managed to come to school, leave before closing time to cater for themselves at home and appealed to the government, Non-Governmental Organisations and benevolent organisations to help the school with toilet facilities.
Mr. Patrick Ernest Kodzo Mallet, South Dayi District Chief Executive (DCE) said the Assembly was aware of the situation and had captured it in its four-year medium-term development plan.