Authorities of some Senior High Schools in the Volta Region have praised the Ghana Education Service (GES) and waste management company, Zoomlion, for the partnership that has seen their schools fumigated against bed bug infestation.
Describing the gesture as timely, they revealed their schools have had to battle bed bug infestation over the years.
The GES in collaboration with leading Zoomlion have kick started a nationwide fumigation and disinfection of Senior High Schools. A total of 98 schools in various districts across of the Volta Region have benefited from the exercise which include covid-19 disinfection.
Assistant Headmaster of OLA Girls Senior High School, Pious Aweonam, said the exercise comes as a relief to the school especially in the wake of the deadly covid-19 pandemic and bed bug infestation.
He commended Zoomlion for the gesture and appealed for the exercise to be conducted frequently.
“This exercise will make the teaching and learning environment conducive for students when schools are asked to re-open”
For his part, the Assistant Headmaster of the Awudome Senior High School, Peter Kwame Nambia, called on GES to regularly undertake such exercise to rid SHSs of bed bugs which he attributed partly to overcrowding.
He appealed to the Ministry of Education to support the school with infrastructure as it struggles with the growing number of students each year.
The exercise saw classrooms, dining halls, dormitories, and administrative blocks disinfected and fumigated.
Education Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh in April launched the exercise to fumigate and disinfect all Senior High Schools in the country in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Over 500 Senior High Schools across 4 regions have so far benefited.
The exercise which has been carried out in the Central, Western, Bono Region, Bono East and the Volta Region is expected to move to the Northern, Ahafo and Oti regions.