- The Bishop of the Ghana Baptist Convention, Bishop Adu-Gyamfi says the students’ population at KUMACA is worrying
- According to him, the number of students has largely expanded due to Free SHS but lacks infrastructure to cater for the number
- The Bishop called on the government to address challenges facing Free SHS especially in the area of infrastructure
The Bishop of the Ghana Baptist Convention, Bishop Ernest Adu-Gyamfi has decried the recent mysterious death that has hit KAMACA.
For him, the vast student population at the school has something to do with the death of the students.
The media has been dominated with reports of rampant death at KUMACA, a senior high school located in the Kumasi Metropolis.
So far, thirteen students have been reported dead.
Health experts has blamed the death on a ‘serious’ bacterial infection, possible meningitis and other ‘unknown’ disease.
But speaking in an interview on Happy FM, the Bishop refuted claims that meningitis killed the students.
This is because some blood spectrum medicine is being administered to the students to help contain bacterial infection at the school, he explained.
Bishop Adu-Gyamfi therefore blamed the situation on the Free SHS policy.
He added that the student’s population at the school is something to be worried about.
As an old student of KUMACA, Bishop Adu-Gyamfi believes the number of students at the school has swelled due to the ‘Free SHS’ policy.
He stated that despite the increase in number of the students, there are not enough structures to care for the increase.
“Before the Free SHS was started, the student’s population was around five hundred.”
“But after admission under the Free SHS, the number rose to two thousand and eight hundred with no expanded structures,” he complained.
With the foregoing figures Bishop Adu Gyamfi strongly believes that overcrowding caused by Free SHS has brought about the unfortunate incident at KUMACA.
He further called on the government to take an urgent step in providing the necessary infrastructure at the school.
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