Students of the Breman Asikuma Senior High School in the Central Region have been compelled to sleep in their classrooms and corridors due to the invasion of bed bugs.
According to the students, the presence of bugs in their dormitories disturbs their sleep.
Speaking to Class FM’s Central regional correspondent, Nana Tawiah, on the sidelines of the school’s speech and prize-giving day, the Girls' Prefect, Maame Ama, indicated that the dormitories are overcrowded.
“These [bed bugs] disturb us during our sleep and make students feel dizzy or sleepy during class hours. We have a shortage of water supply, so, it makes it difficult for students to get water in the morning for morning school", she complained.
Also, she said that just as pertains to the boys’ dormitory, students in the girls' dormitory also "suffocate a lot, because we’re so overcrowded".
The students, therefore, appealed to the government to come to their aid and help address the challenges confronting the school.
They also want the government to provide a new bus for the school, as the old one has broken down.
Additionally, they want new dormitories put up for them.
The Head Boy of the school said: “Because of overcrowding, we’re now facing the problem of bed bugs", noting: "Bed bugs are now lingering in the dormitories, which is affecting our health status".
Rehashing the challenges confronting the school, the Headmistress, Sarah Baah, intimated that apart from the bedbugs' invasion, the school, currently, has no school bus and usually borrows buses belonging to neighbouring schools to be used for trips and other occasions.
She disclosed that most of the teachers of the school live outside the vicinity, making supervision of the students difficult.
The school also has no fence wall to ward off thieves.
She called on the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asikuma Odoben Brakwa, Alhaji Kobina Ghansa, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Mr Lawrence Edutua, the old students, philanthropists, and all well-meaning persons, to support the school to address the challenges.