The government through the Ministry of Education has released an amount of GHS125,998,145 for feeding of students in public Senior High Schools nationwide.
This was contained in a press statement issued by the Ministry of Education and signed by its Chief Director, Mr. Benjamin Kofi Gyasi.
According to the Ministry, part of the amount was released to the Buffer Stock Company and the remaining sent to the headmasters of Senior High Schools to enable them buy perishable components of foodstuff needed for the feeding of the students.
“The government through the Ministry of Education on 14th May 2021 released (GHS125,998,145) of which GHS83,184,673 went to the Buffer Stock Company and GHS42,813,472 going to headmasters of SHS for the payment of perishable components of feeding to schools.”
The statement further disclosed that this payment follows an initial payment made to the Buffer Stock Company and the headmasters for perishable foods for the first semester.
“This follows payments made on the 28th April 2021, when a total of GHS102,350,871.20 was paid to the Buffer Stock Company and headmasters (for perishable) for the 1st semester.”
The Ministry used the opportunity to reject claims that the Free Senior High School initiative is under stress.
“The Ministry is therefore assuring parents and other stakeholders once again that the Free Senior High School (FSHS) initiative is not under stress as was being peddled around by some for reasons best known to them.”
Below is the full statement from the Education Ministry
The Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) had earlier lamented about the delay in releasing the funds to schools.
The National Chairman of Teachers and Educational Workers Union (TEWU) Ambrose Yao Kwadzodza in a Citi News interview said the situation was so dire that some school heads resorted to crediting food items in order to feed their students.
“For some time now the report reaching me from all over the country is that many schools are suffering as far as funds are concerned. I was told specifically that there are schools that have credited way back about two months without paying for the various items they have credited from those creditors and once they don’t have the money to credit from these creditors, it will be difficult for them to get another supply to feed the kids.”