Vitting SHS -The massive influx of Free SHS students has left Vitting Senior High with no choice than to allow its students sleep under trees due to congestion.
Tamale Vitting Senior High School is one of the most densely populated second cycle institutions in the Tamale Metropolis, located off the Tamale-Yendi Highway.
According to reports, the school has a population of 1,400 boarding students, the school has only five overcrowded and dilapidated dormitories, comprising four for male and one for female students.
The Free SHS policy promised by the NPP government during the 2016 electioneering entails free public senior high school education for all eligible Ghanaians from the 2017/2018 academic year -September 2017.
The program ensures that there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science center fees, no computer laboratory fees, no
examination fees, no utility fees, and all the other charges.
There are other privileges like free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students will get a meal at school for free.
This policy which was greeted with so much excitement and enthusiasm among the masses further has led to a problem of overpopulation, as every Tom, Dick, and Harry wants their children to become beneficiaries of government’s free education program.
A lot of Senior High Schools have seen almost double the number of students they requested from the CSSPS, with their private counterpart not witnessing up to half their usual numbers.
This situation has compelled some school authorities across the country to convert dining halls and in some cases classroom blocks into dormitories, to accommodate beneficiaries of the programme
Tamale Vitting Senior High School in the Northern Region is one of such schools where students are compelled to sleep under trees, on the veranda of the school library and in classrooms.
For the boys’ dormitories; Dakpema, Vitting, Nkrumah, and Gbewaa dormitories have cracked walls, leaked roofing, and broken windows. The same is the plight of the female students who share beds, while some sleep on the bare floor.
This has caused some students to convert into dormitories, the schools dining halls, school mosque, and even under the trees.
Some of the frustrated students have cried for help asking the government to intervene in the situation.