Yaw Osei Adutwum
Mr. Yaw Osei Adutwum

The government of Ghana has tasked its contractors to include basic sanitation and clean water facilities in all new basic schools under construction in the country, deputy minister for education Yaw Osei Adutwum said on Wednesday.

He said the government was taking this action to bridge the gap in access to these facilities in the country.


In 2018 the education management information systems reported that 30 percent of all basic schools in the country lacked access to basic sanitation (toilet) facilities, and 49 percent lacked access to clean drinking water.

“Henceforth, every new school to be built should have water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities incorporated in the design and construction,” the deputy minister said in his keynote address at a symposium organized by the media coalition against open defecation to discuss WASH facilities in schools.

Adutwum added that already existing schools would also have these facilities provided so that Ghanaian schools could meet the requirements of the sustainable development goals on educational infrastructure and the environment.

The one-day event brought together stakeholders to discuss ways of improving access to water and sanitation facilities in basic schools in the country.

The deputy minister for sanitation and water resources Patrick Yaw Boamah gave the assurance that the government would increase its efforts in the provision of these facilities, urging other stakeholders to join the government to deliver these needs. Enditem


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