Decongesting SHSs cannot be done ‘today, tomorrow’ – GES confesses

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | AKABP
Date: 14th-december-2017 Time:  7:49:23 pm

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has declined to give a timeline for the decongestion of senior high schools (SHSs).

The congestion has been blamed for the outbreak of meningitis, which has claimed scores of lives at the country's Senior High Schools.

GES Public Relations Officer, Reverend Jonathan Bettey told Evans Mensah on Joy FM’s Newsnite Thursday, solving “that issue cannot be done today or tomorrow.”

But he said contracts have been awarded for structures in the various SHSs to be improved. 

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At least four students have died from what experts have identified as meningitis, with more than eight others on admission.

A student of Tempane SHS is reportedly in a critical condition after he was rushed to the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital Wednesday for contracting the disease.

Sections of Ghanaians have blamed the Free SHS educational policy rolled out in September, for the congestion, said to be a risk factor for the spread of meningitis.

Days after the programme was launched, social media was awash with pictures purportedly taken from schools that showed some students sleeping in makeshift structures.

Critics have said the Free SHS policy was poorly conceptualized and executed by the government.

Although Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said the programme is not responsible for the congestions, there are plans to put up new classroom blocks in some selected schools.

Mr Bettey said construction of the projects will commence when the students are on vacation, adding the Minister and Ghana Education Service (GES) boss have been working to address the problem.

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