Bed Bugs Invade Aggrey Memorial SHS
Some students of the Aggrey Memorial A.M.E Zion Senior High School (SHS) in Cape Coast are said to have returned home with bed bugs hidden in their belongings, following an invasion ofsome of the school’s dormitories by the blood-sucking insects.
The issue, The Anchor gathered, is widespread in the school and has affected a number of students, particularly, those who sleep on the floor, as a result of inadequate bed facility when the first years arrived.
Some parents told this paper that even though the children complained about the issue of the invasion a week after they went to the school, they did not know about the impact until the students returned home with bite marks and swollen skins.
According to this paper’s information, the bed bugs, which feed on human or animal blood, have infected the students’ beds, leaving them helpless. It is unclear, if the school authorities are aware of the situation or not.
But some parents who are unhappy over the situation and have been lamenting on their Parent Teacher Association (PTA) WhatsApp platform said, the issue in the school is alarming and is making life unbearable for the children.
According to them, but for the decision to send on break all first-year students across the country until June, this year, the situation would have been disastrous and affected teaching and learning activities in the school.
What has infuriated the parents is the nature of the toilet facility being used by students, with no lighting system in the area. They said, the whole surrounding of the latrine becomes very dark and frightening during the night.
This compelled some of the parents who suggested that they should contribute and fix some of the problems as soon as possible, particularly the lighting issue, before the form one students resume school in June.
The Anchor is informed, the problems confronting the once prestigious Aggrey Memorial A.M.E Zion are making, with little effort from the old students to address them – leaving the school to deteriorate.
It would be recalled, a week ago, the Cape Coast District Court ordered the seizure of two vehicles, a bus and a Mahindra pick-up truck belonging to school over debt.
This was due to the failure of the school to settle a debt of over GHC150,000 owed to a businesswoman who supplied food items to the school.
According to a report by Myjoyonline.com, the vehicles were seized on the orders of the court and are currently parked on the premises of the Cape Coast District Court.
The court in due course will hand over the cars to an appointed auctioneer to be sold to settle the debt.
Kanamis Enterprise, whose managing director is Comfort Nkrumah, filed a suit against the school at the court.
According to the statement of claim, Kanamis entered into a contract with the school for the supply of food items on credit basis in 2018.
The company supplied a total amount of goods valued at some GH¢257,000, out of which the school settled GH¢157,000 leaving an amount of GH¢154,717.
The company after futile attempts to get the school to settle the remainder of the amount resorted to initiating the court action.
The school has since admitted to the debt in court. The report says the vehicles have been parked on the premises of the court for over a week.