Anlo Senior High School, an elite school in the Volta Region-Anloga, is in dire need of a dining hall and kitchen facilities as students are without a place to eat anytime it rains.
The 63-year-old school presently has no decent dining hall, and its available dilapidated kitchen can be likened to a drainage channel anytime it rains.
The school’s current dining hall expansion project was awarded on contract to VAPPY Company Limited in 2011 – the consultant being PPMC Limited with a contract period of 18 months. The contractor moved to the site in 2012, and as of 2023 the project is still uncompleted due to the non-payment of receipts for work done way back in 2017 and 2019.
The project was commenced 10 years ago and is yet to be completed, though expert assessment indicates that the project is about 90 percent complete.
The school is at the mercy of the weather, with the temporary wooden kitchen and dining hall constructed of materials from the old dining hall demolished to make way for the project in 2012 now being dilapidated.
The place is always flooded when it rains, as it was built on the bare ground with no flooring for the structure. Recently, the heavy rains have rendered the structure always flooded and it is a death trap for both kitchen staff and students. Cooking is always difficult, and meeting the time set for dining is virtually impossible.
Information gathered indicates that several letters have been written over the years to the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND), appealing for the project’s completion to ease the school’s predicament – but they all have not yielded any meaningful result.
The kitchen staff lamented how cooking becomes extremely difficult anytime it rains, because it interferes with the fire – and even the food with the least oversight.
Students on the other hand have to either carry their food to their dormitories to eat when it rains, or stand on their feet to eat to avoid being affected too much by the rain.