Prince Kwame Tamakloe, a journalist with Rainbow Radio who recorded the viral video of some students of the Ghana Senior High School in Tamale sleeping in toilet cubicles has rejected claims that the videos were staged.
Mr Tamakloe insisted that contrary to claims by the Headmaster, the students confirmed sleeping in the toilet cubicles due to a lack of space to accommodate them in the dormitories.
The Headmaster of GHANASCO, Doughlas Haruna Yakubu, in an earlier interview on the Citi Breakfast Show, described the video as mischievous and a deliberate misinterpretation of facts.
Mr Yakubu believes that the viral video was staged and dramatised by the journalist to dent the image of the school. He added that the school has adequate space to accommodate more students and does not need to convert toilet facilities into dormitories for students.
“That facility has been so for many years, it has never been a dormitory or a storage room, it is a store more or less. In the 60s when Kwame Nkrumah built the rooms, they were washrooms, and so they still have the design of washrooms, but the facility has not been modernised, so they are just small, small cubicles and that is where we keep our chop boxes when students are travelling,” Mr Yakubu told Citi Breakfast Show host Bernard Avle.
The headmaster added “They are never sleeping places…these materials that you see might have been taken from the dormitory for him [journalist] to cover his videos and leave. Those cubicles are so tiny and so hot that students cannot live in them. We have enough space, so this is not fair.”