The Ghana Education Service directorate in the Eastern Region is collaborating with the Police to investigate a matron of the St. Paul’s Technical School and a taxi driver, who were allegedly caught transporting stolen food items from the school.
On Sunday, May 30, 2021, there was chaos in the School located in the Akyem Kukurantumi in the Abuakwa North Municipality of the Eastern Region.
Some students had gone on rampage and impounded a taxi cab being used by the matron of the school to allegedly transport stolen food from the school’s kitchen.
The police proceeded to the school and offloaded the alleged stolen food items made up of nine buckets of groundnut paste, one bag of millet, four boxes of canned tomatoes among others.
The Eastern Regional Public Relations Officer (P.R.O) of the GES told Citi News the Service has launched some form of enquiry into the matter as it awaits the outcome of the Police investigations.
“Indeed, there was some kind of misbehaviour out there. It seems as though the food items were being taken out of the school by the kitchen staff when some of the students saw it and raised the alarm.”
“GES on its part will take this through their service enquiry, whilst the Police also investigates the matter. We are hoping to get the report by tomorrow [Tuesday].”
Police investigate alleged corruption in food supply in schools
This comes after the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, said it was investigating 53 Senior High Schools in the Ashanti Region over alleged corruption in the implementation of the School Feeding Programme under the Free Senior High School policy.
Management of the GES wrote to the Ashanti Regional Directorate to ensure that all school heads and other officials cooperate with the ongoing investigations.
Some of the schools listed in the statement are Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem SHS, Adu Gyamfi SHS, Kumasi Anglican, Kumasi Girls, Kumasi Wesley Girls, KNUST SHS, and Opoku Ware SHS.
Others include Osei Tutu SHS, Prempeh College, Kumasi Academy and the Kumasi Technical Institute.