The students and staff of the Bawku Senior High Technical School are facing an acute water shortage which is affecting academic work.
Mrs Elizabeth Atinbil, the Headmistress of the school, in an interview with the GNA, described the situation as one that affects the academic performance of the students including their discipline.
She said most of the students report late to class after spending so much time to search for water while some of the girls use the search for water as an excuse to spend time with boyfriends in town.
“The school has only one borehole, supplying 1,800 students and 80 teaching and nonteaching staff of the school”, Mrs Atinbil said.
She said the situation had become a worry to both students and staff, saying some of the students go to classes without bathing while others do not even go at all.
Mrs Atinbil said the lack of water in the school for some time had encouraged lateness, absenteeism, truancy, inattentiveness and sleeping in class as most of the students go to search for water late in the night.
She said the school lacked both staff and students’ accommodation especially girls dormitory adding that 65 per cent of the teaching staff lived in town.
The Headmistress appealed to non- governmental organizations, philanthropists and corporate organizations to come to the aid of the school.