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Fire Guts Bawku Senior High School Girls’ Dormitory

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A fire outbreak has gutted the girls’ dormitory block of the Bawku Senior High School in the Bawku Municipality of the Upper East Region. The incident happened around midnight on Thursday, May 4, 2023. Although the students in the room at the time of the fire managed to escape unharmed, the building has been destroyed beyond repairs. This incident has left the students displaced, with no place to lay their heads.

Fortunately, the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) arrived on the scene in time, and the firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other blocks. The quick intervention of the firefighters prevented what could have been a more devastating situation.

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This is not an isolated incident as on April 6, 2023, the boys’ dormitory block of the Business Senior High School in the Sagnerigu municipality of the Northern Region also caught fire. Although the school was on Easter break at the time, one student sustained injuries, and all items in the building belonging to students were destroyed.

The GNFS also responded swiftly to the incident and was able to prevent the fire from spreading to other rooms. This is a wake-up call for school authorities and the government to prioritize the safety and security of our students, especially when they are away from home.

For the most part, fire outbreaks in schools are preventable, and it is incumbent on school authorities to ensure that proper fire safety measures are in place. Regular drills should also be conducted to prepare students and staff for such emergencies.

Parents and guardians also have a role to play by educating their children on fire safety measures and ensuring that their children’s schools have proper fire safety protocols in place.

In conclusion, the recent fire outbreaks in two Senior High Schools in Ghana should serve as a reminder to all stakeholders in the education sector to prioritize the safety and security of our students. The government, school authorities, parents, and guardians all have a role to play in ensuring that our schools are safe and conducive for learning.

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