The National Inspectorate Board formed by the Ministry of Education (MoE) Ghana to visit schools unannounced to check lazy and absentee teachers and also identify challenges for redress have been alarmed at the number of bedbug infestations in some schools in the Greater Accra and Western Region.
In December last year, The Chronicle reported that over 1,700 students of the Ada Senior High Technical School at Sege in Ada West District had been sent home with skin injuries from bedbugs’ stings.
Only a few days ago another report mentioned that 5 first- class Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the Western Region, namely Ghana Secondary/Technical School (GSTS), Sekondi College, and St. John’s in the Sekondi/Takoadi Metropolis, Asiama and Nsein SHSs in the Ellembele and Nzema East Districts respectively, have also been infested by the bugs. In the Volta Region, Mawuli SHS in the Ho Municipality and others were also said to be infested.
The problem may not be limited to the three regions but could be a nationwide phenomenon.
Mr. Jacob Kor, whilst sharing the concerns expressed by the Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES),described the situation as a serious health issue as a result he has directed all regional directors to seek permission to close down such schools for fumigation.
The GES has been called on to come up with clear guidelines to keep school environments clean in order to avoid catastrophe.
Sanitation in many schools in Ghana is very bad as a result it will comes as no surprise if the phenomenon is nationwide.