Final year and second year Gold Track students of Salaga Senior High School who have reported to the school have expressed worry over lack of portable water in the school.
They fear the situation will affect the fight against Covid-19.
The students, numbering over 200, have since reported already.
One by one they went through the hand washing protocol before gaining access to the school.
Inscription of ‘No nose mask, No entry’ was boldly seen at the entrance.
Students were given a nose mask after the temperature and other vital information were taken.
Some students arrived without nose masks.
But the teachers at the entrance allowed them to go through the processes.
Cleaning was ongoing in the classrooms and dormitories.
A classroom that used to admit 40 to 50 students will now take 25.
A boys’ dormitory that used to take 120 per room will now take half the capacity.
Some dormitories were completed and ready for use.
Meals were also being prepared as breakfast had been served at the time of visit.
A dining table that used to contain 12 students will now have 5.
Meals will be served in batches with final year students going in first.
At the girls’ dormitory, a room that accommodated 24 students will now take 10.
The Assistant Headmaster in charge of Academic Affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed, explained pragmatic measures have been put in place at the dormitory, classroom and kitchen to protect students and teachers.
“We have reduced the numbers in the dormitories and the classrooms in accordance with the GES guidelines.”
Access to water has been a big challenge but a tanker service has been engaged to supply water once a day to the kitchen and the students.
Only a few students were able to access the water.
The rest were yet to take their bath as at the time 3news.com visited.
But school authorities have warned them not to go out once they enter the school.
A student, Mutia Sulemana, is worried about the lack of water.
Like Mutia, Natomah Malik also seemed worried.
“There is no water in the school and we are not allowed to go out. We are suffering,” he lamented
Reacting to their concerns, Headmistress Habiba Grace Abosore confirmed the school faces a big challenge on water.
She explained efforts were made to drill some boreholes to augment the tanker services but that yielded no positive result, a situation she blamed on the low water table.
She appealed to government and the general public to come to their aid.
Meanwhile, Ghana Water Company is working on extending water to the school.
By Christopher Amoako|3news.com|Northern Region|Ghana