Wa SEC TECH cries for help

BY: Michael Quaye

Students at the Wa Senior High Technical School (Wa SECTECH) in the Upper West Region lack of places of convenience, which the school's authorities say may  result in an epidemic.

This has worsened other constraints facing the school, particularly the inadequate number of girls dormitories.

The school authorities seem to have resigned themselves to fate since they look on helplessly as the nearly 2,200 students queue for the use of an eight-seater KVIP toilet facility at the school.

The toilet facility has been shared between the 1,169 boys and 990 girls with the males and females having four each.

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The school’s headmaster, Mr Gaeten Bayel, said most of the students sought refuge in the ‘free range’ of nearby bushes when nature called at “peak time”.

“It has a direct bearing on academic work since most of them report late to class because they had to wait for their turn or seek an alternative elsewhere. It is a difficult situation for us as school authority and the students as well,” Mr Bayel told the Junior Graphic in an interview.

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Wa SECTECH has boarding facilities and all students were accommodated until 30 students were made day students because of the school’s high intake for the 2013/14 academic year. All those day students have since gone to the boarding house after the final-year students left the campus.

The school was established as a day school in 1983 but was converted into a boarding facility in 2012 with the improvement of facilities and provision of new structures, including boarding facilities.

Since then, the average student population of about 600 has nearly quadrupled into the current figure of 2,159 without a corresponding improvement in other amenities and facilities.