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N/R; 55% of girls from 10 SHS missed class during their Menses-survey reveales

About 55% female students from 10 SHS in the Northern Region missed class due to lack of changing rooms in their schools, studies revealed.

The girls were students from Tamale senior high, Islamic senior, Karaga, Kpandai, BISCO, Vittin, Walewale senior high, Yendi senior, Gushegu Senior High, Wulensi and Pagnaa.

The study which was carried out by NORSAAC- young female parliament and Actioaid revealed that the major reasons for the girls continue absenting themselves from class was that there is no changing rooms in their schools.

According to the students, because there is no place at the class side to change, if they go to class and they lock the dormitory, they do   not know what to do.

Statistics indicates that, girls when they are menstruating can absent themselves for 5 days in a month, 15 days for a term and 45 days in a year.

This, means that, absenteeism due to lack of changing rooms can adversely affect girls who are not brilliant academically.

On dining Halls sanitation, the study found out that majority of the students were not happy about how dirty some of their cooks are and want authorities to pay attention to it before major health disaster strike in the region.

Resource Mobilization and Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at NORSAAC, Issah Amin Danaa who presented the findings suggested that    physical developments of schools must not only focus on classrooms but   attention must be pay to Water systems Toilets and urinals.

Mr Danaa also recommended that lighting situation of toilets in the schools be addressed to help curb open defecations, especially at night.

School authorities he suggested should pay attention to the dining halls since their negligence can spell disaster to schools.