STUDENTS of Ho Mawuli School leave their dormitories at night to sleep on tables in the dining hall and classrooms and in the open due to a massive invasion of the dormitories by bedbugs.
The bugs, which are multiplying rapidly, can now be found in some of the classrooms and also in the students’ exercise books.
As night falls, the students’ fears and anxieties for the blood-sucking insects rise.
The senior prefect of the school, Master Albert Success Awuah, made the revelation at the 66th Honours Day celebration of the school on Saturday.
The event was on the theme – “Rekindling the vision of the founding fathers: The role of the stakeholders in the maintenance of academic excellence”.
Master Awuah appealed to stakeholders to take prompt steps to address their nightmare situation, saying that it was seriously affecting effective learning in the school, where students had to put up with awkward overcrowding in the dormitories.
Worse still, some of the dormitories and classroom blocks, which were built in the 1950s and 1960s are falling apart, posing great danger to students.
At the Aggrey House block for instance, the walls are slowly crumbling, leaving the iron rods exposed, while the Aku House lavatory has no roof, making it unusable by the students on a rainy day.
Master Awuah complained that the shift system of dining adopted in the face of the overwhelming students’ enrolment was delaying lessons and therefore, undermining the firm stance of the students to regain Mawuli School’s past glory of academic excellence.
The headmaster, Mr. K.T. Aggor, said that despite the commitment of huge funds and other recourses towards addressing the bug menace, those efforts were undermined by the congestion in the dormitories as well as the high incidence of students taking food to the dormitories.
He said that the school now had 3, 174 students made up of 1,890 boys and 1,284 girls, with a teaching staff of 106 and 96 non-teaching staff members.
According to Mr. Aggor, the school had drawn a five-year strategic plan to make Mawuli the “number one school” in the Volta Region and also be among the best 10 schools in the country.
The Guest Speaker, Mr. Serlom Ababio, a lecturer of Oceanography and Coastal Engineering at the University of Ghana, Legon, pointed out that investment in education was the best any nation could make, and underlined the need for learning in a decent and serene environment, without ignoring the welfare of the staff.
Mr. Ababio, an old Mawulian, said the success of efforts to impart knowledge in young people also required a strong moral upbringing to make them responsible adults.
He, therefore, called for a stronger involvement of the churches in the management of schools, adding that “we also need parents to monitor the performance and behaviours of their children constantly to keep them on the right path”.
Mr. Ababio urged the students to avoid procrastination and study diligently towards a bright future.
From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho