An education advocacy group is calling on government to provide life jackets to pupils and staff in island communities who commute by water.
According to the group, the provision of life jackets to pupils and staff in water bordered schools in rural areas, will go a long way to safeguard their lives.
“While stories of school children drowning while commuting to or from school may not be new, this must end.
“In the immediate term, we urge the Ghana Education Service (GES) to facilitate the availability of life jackets to all school children and staff who sail to and from school, not only in the Sene East district, but all other ‘island and settler communities’ where children and staff commute by water transport to school.”
“The GES should in collaboration with the relevant state agencies, facilitate health and safety orientation sessions for all its pupils and staff in island communities”, portions of the statement read.
This, according to Eduwatch, “will prevent pupils and teachers from sailing through endangered means to school in other communities daily.”
Eduwatch also called on local authorities to throw more light on safety precautions, especially for children of school going age.