The Ghana Education Service has directed heads of second cycle schools to urgently take steps to fumigate dormitories to relief students of bed-bug infestation.

Director-General, Jacob Kor, told journalists in Kumasi Monday recent reports of invasion of the blood-sucking insects in some schools poses health threat to students.

The presence of bed-bugs is reported to have forced authorities of Mawuli and Keta Senior High Schools in Volta Region to postpone re-opening after the Christmas holiday.

There are similar reports at Ghana Secondary Technical in the Western Region as well as other parts of the country.

Mr. Kor says he has already summoned a meeting of all regional directors of education to discuss and find a lasting solution to the perennial problem.

“If it is on health grounds, it is important. And therefore that is why I have instructed my regional directors and                 I am even meeting them so that they meet all CHASS executives and CHASS members to ensure that all schools are fumigated especially those that have been infested. So it’s very urgent for us”. Mr. Kor announced.

Ghana Education Service says it will require heads of schools affected by the bedbugs to write officially for some days off at most 3 days to start the fumigation exercise

GES directs school heads to fumigate bedbug-infested dormitories

Meanwhile, Mr. Kor has advised teachers in basic schools to inculcate the culture of reading among pupils.

At the launch of a Junior High School literature book, titled Cockcrow, he challenged teachers to nurture their students to attain international standards.

The Ghana Education Service in a move to institutionalize literature as a critical subject for study at Junior High School level has introduced the Cockcrow as a literature material.

It is aim at improving reading and academic performance among Junior High School pupils.

Content of the Cockcrow is a combination of literally works from wide variety of seasoned and inspirational authors covering poetry and drama with a balance variety of stories, poems and plays.