-Students of the Vitting SHS in Tamale have been left with no choice than to sleep under trees due to congestion.
-The admission of Free SHS students worsened the situation which is said to have been over-populated before
-Some Ghanaians have taken to social media to criticise government over the implementation of the Free SHS policy after pictures of the students' plight surfaced online
Students of the Vitting Senior High School in the Northern Regional capital of Tamale are literally being forced to sleep under trees on their campus, it has emerged.
This situation is reportedly due to a serious deficit in infrastructure at the school which has been worsened by the recent admission of Free Senior High School (SHS) beneficiaries.
The school is said to have been one of the most densely populated in the region with its 1,400 boarding students staying in only five dormitories which are also very dilapidated.
According to reports, Tamale Vitting SHS students sleep under trees, on the veranda of the school library and in classrooms because all of its dormitories are over-packed.
In pictures making rounds in the media, bunk beds are seen under trees and it will not be surprising if students end up getting malaria from mosquito bites.
“Our school lacks dormitories, classroom blocks, entertainment and dining halls. Government should help us. Our dining hall is meant for eating, but some of us are sleeping there and even in the school Mosque. Our dining hall, we go there in batches to eat. We are appealing to the highest authorities to come to our aid, we are suffering”, some of the students stated on Citi FM.
A section of social media users who commented on the students' plight criticised government for rushing to implement the Free SHS policy without the matching infrastructure.
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