Female students of Tolon Senior High School in the Tolon district of the northern region begs for authorities’ attention to restore electricity to their dormitory to enable them learn adequately. The students live in fear and panic as they dormitory has no light for the past eight weeks.
The dormitory was plunged into total darkness on August 1. The main switch was said to have fused three days after schools went on holiday on July 29 and have since been left unresolved. Since the schools reopened on September 8, the students have been in darkness till date, living them under the mercy of nature. The situation has become life-threatening.
There was near stampede when some students noticed strange sounds in the dormitory after they had returned from night studies known as “preps”. They likened the sound to an asthmatic patient grappling for oxygen. Some students attempted jumping from the top of the storey as they run for their lives.
Some students who spoke to ghnewsnow on condition of anonymity said the situation is having a great toll on them as they have to cut their study hours short. They recounted the situation has brought untold hardship on them as they spend much of their money buying dry cells into flashlights which has become the only way to enable go about their activities at night.
Reptiles and other harmful animals put the lives of these vulnerable girls at risk. This has made some students to contemplate opting for day since the boarding have now become life threatening to them. The dormitory is surrounded by bushes which often serve as habitat for reptiles.
Mr Alhassan Ibn Yahaya, the senior house master of the school in an exclusive interview with ghnewsnow confirmed this but said they had engaged the services of an electrician to rectify the problem. He urged students to remain calm as steps are being taken to remedy the situation.
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