Sunyani (B/A) Nov. 05, GNA – Lack of decent boys dormitory and dilapidated condition of the Methodist Technical Institute in Sunyani has attracted the anger of the more than 600 students of the school.
Last Friday, students went on rampage to register their displeasure and protest against management of the institute for poor infrastructure.
The Ghana News Agency (GNA) investigations revealed that more than 260 male-boarding students sleep in dilapidated classrooms and structures since the boys dormitory was razed down by fire in November 3, 2017.
When the GNA visited the school, the aggrieved students – male and female, clad in red arm bands had boycotted classes.
As at the time of filling this report, serious academic work has not resume at the school.
Though the protestors did not cause any damage to school properties, the atmosphere was tensed as the visibly angry students were seen chanting war songs, amidst dancing and drumming.
They told the GNA that the poor and inadequate physical infrastructure at the institute had slowed down academic work.
Currently, all the first year students are attending classes under trees because of lack of classroom blocks.
According to them, because of the dilapidated nature of the converted boys’ dormitory, students could not sleep at night because of mosquito bites.
Those who could not cope with the situation are perching with friends outside the campus, a situation, which is promoting indiscipline in the school.
“We do not have enough classrooms and sanitary facilities”, one of the protestors told the GNA on condition of anonymity.
The situation, according to the students, had worsened because the boys had to pack their belongings – chop boxes and mattresses, and used the dormitory as a classroom.
Some of the teachers also expressed discomfort over what they described as the unpleasant situation, which impeded effective teaching and learning in the school.
When contacted, Mr. Clifford Insaidoo, the Principal of the Institute, said management had reported the situation to the Ghana Education Office, Sunyani Municipal Assembly, and the Methodist Education Unit, but had not received any response.
Whilst urging the students to exercise restraint, Mr Insaidoo appealed to the government, NGOs, and corporate institutions to come to their aid.