Hohoe EP Senior High School building damaged by a rainstorm

On Thursday, May 16, a rainstorm resulted in significant harm to the structures and additional amenities of the Hohoe E.P Senior High School (HEPSS) located in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta region. Among the destroyed items were the school’s garage, the dormitories for boys and girls, the classroom blocks, the school clinic, the maintenance shed, the siren, and the polytanks. 

After giving the Ghana News Agency (GNA) a tour of some damaged structures, Madam Olivia Afua Agbezuge, Assistant Headmistress, Administration, revealed that trees also fell as a result of the rainstorm, but fortunately, no casualties were reported. She added that there had been no preparations for students in the evening and that the circumstances had left the institution without lighting since the incident till the time of the visit.

Hohoe EP Senior High School building damaged by a rainstorm

“Some classrooms are still dark and some students with eye problems find it difficult to learn under the present condition. Even teachers are affected because some of them have to use light during the day in their lessons.”

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According to Madam Agbezuge, the siren, which provides students with information, had malfunctioned, causing disruptions to their scheduled activities. She summoned people and organisations to the school because they were currently in danger. The GNA has also been informed that there may be an impact on the school’s water supply, which is dependent on electrical power. Following an assessment of the damage, the school’s board chairman, Mr. Foster Agbotse, told GNA that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) had visited the campus and that electricity was expected to be restored as soon as feasible.

Hohoe EP Senior High School building damaged by a rainstorm

He noted that while the school cadet proved to be helpful, the school’s security was of utmost importance and the malfunctioning siren was having an impact on student control. Mr. Agortse pointed out that managing the situation with water access would be challenging if power was not restored.

He mentioned that the school was without a plant to provide electricity, and he made a plea for support from the Ministry of Education, former students, the church, and donors. Mr. Agotse stated that the administration needed to take immediate action due to the deteriorated state of the impacted classrooms.

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