Authorities of senior high schools across the country are converting specialized rooms such as dining halls and science laboratories into dormitories to accommodate the large numbers of fresh students starting school today.

There have been concerns of inadequate facilities ahead of today’s reopening.

Checks by Joy FM reporters across the country reveal that construction of additional structures is ongoing whilst temporary accommodation is made for fresh students.

From the Upper East Region, Correspondent Joseph Osei reported that at the Zuarungu SHS, the dispensary, dining and assembly halls will all be converted into dormitories and classrooms.

At the Bolgatanga SHS, the headmistress says all fresh students who reside in the regional capital will be day students to enable the authorities allocate the limited facilities to students from far away towns.

In the Eastern Region, correspondent Benjamin Henaku reported that the authorities said the huge numbers of the fresh students expected to report to school would pose a challenge.

The authorities are however doing all they can to admit the students.

He said authorities at the Koforidua Secondary Technical were converting car garages into accommodation facilities.

At the New Juabeng SHS, a girls dormitory under construction is almost completed.

Richard Kojo Nyarko reports from the Central Region that some schools are deferring the admission of students.

Authorities of Adisadel College and Mfantsipim SHS said they are unable to admit students this week and have therefore deferred their admissions to next week.

Some students he spoke to expressed frustration and disappointment at the development.

The situation is no different in the Western Region, from where correspondent Kwaku Owusu Peprah reports that in almost all the schools, facilities being constructed to accommodate students were at various stages of completion.

From the Northern Region, Mahama Sayibu said efforts were being made to accommodate the students.

And in the Greater Accra Region, Joy News reporter Beatrice Adu visited the Achimota School and witnessed construction workers working feverishly to complete facilities to enable authorities admit students.

She said fresh students are to remain day students for three weeks by which time renovation works would have been completed to enable them start their lives as boarders.

Source: Joy News/Ghana

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