Students of St. Paul’s Senior High School at Kwahu Asakraka in the Kwahu South Municipality of the Eastern Region are appealing to government and the Ministry of Education to as a matter of urgency, attend to some basic critical needs hampering smooth teaching and learning.
According to the students, incessant attacks by snakes and other reptiles at the various dormitories and the lack of other facilities at the school have made life very uncomfortable for them.
The call by the students comes after two students of the school were bitten by a snake a couple of weeks ago.
Some of the students who spoke to journalists on the sidelines of a tree planting exercise over the weekend by the Member of Parliament of the aream Davis Opoku, appealed to government to immediately step in.
“The last time, a snake bit one of my colleagues in the dormitory. In another house, we killed a number of snakes in a day. We are not comfortable at all. We want the authorities to come and assist us.”
The headmaster of the school, Paul Agbake who also took the opportunity to enumerate some of their challenges to the MP, urged him to do his best to help the school.
“The Headmaster lives outside the school. Only three of our members of the teaching and non-teaching staff are residents on campus. We do not have security here, so how can the teachers manage the over 1,300 students. This is hell to me.”
Meanwhile, the Eastern Regional Education Directorate, who has been reacting to the issues at St. Paul’s Senior High School, says there is no course for alarm.
“We are aware of the snake bites at St. Paul SHS years back. But when it comes to security, it is a problem in the entire system”, said Emmanuel Acheampong, Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service in the Eastern Region.