Schools in the North record low turnouts due to severe Harmattan Weather
From: Ghana/Myoyonline.com/Citi FM
January 13, 2013, 18:35 GMT
Reports from the Northern Region of Ghana indicate that basic schools in the area are recording low turnouts due to the severity of the Harmattan season.
Some parents are said to be afraid of sending their children to school because of the situation.
Harmattan is a dry and dusty West African trade wind. It blows south from the Sahara into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March.
One of the affected schools is the Lingbung DA Junior High School in the Tolon District of the Northern Region.
Since school resumed last week only a few children have reported to school and they do so late.
According to Martina Bugri of Radio Justice in Tamale, temperatures could drop to as low as three degrees, making parents reluctant to release their children for school.
She said most teachers residing in Tamale and teaching in schools in the Tolon Districtalso find it difficult going to school because of the dust produced from the feeder roads in the area.
Apart from the heavy toll the weather is having on education, most workers also report late for duty due to the impact it has on the skin.
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