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Good news from Education Minister drops

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, has pledged that the government will repay the Ghana National Food Buffer Stock Company’s debt.

He said in Parliament on Wednesday, July 20, that the government owes the firm GH340 million, but that the government has already paid the Buffer Stock GH327 million this year to allow them to deliver food to schools.

“The government is striving to settle this overdue commitment,” he said in Parliament.

Food shortages at senior high schools were blamed on the government.

For example, the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) stated in a statement that the shortfall was caused by non-payment of arrears to the National Food Buffer Stock Company Limited to provide food to schools.

To address these issues, GNECC recommended the government to fund the National Food Buffer Stock Company Limited in order to alleviate the severe food shortages in schools.

“Due to a lack of food, pupils have resorted to some type of barter trade.” Some kids, who requested anonymity, stated that they only eat one meal each day.

“In some schools, dried fish is pulverized and tiny amounts are utilized to produce stew and soup for the kids.” This condition makes it tough for them to focus and learn.

“GNECC thinks that the current scenario is due to the non-payment of arrears to the National Food Buffer Stock Company Limited to provide food to Senior High Schools.” To address these issues, GNECC requests that the government pay the National Food Buffer Stock Company Limited to alleviate the severe food shortages in schools.

“GNECC is heartened by the Minister of Education’s assurance that food will be delivered to impacted schools on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, to remedy the situation.”

“GNECC further asks the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, and the National Food Buffer Stock Company Limited to take action to prevent a recurrence of this circumstance.” Furthermore, we are worried about the apparent firefighting approach to dealing with concerns surrounding the Free Senior High School, which undermines policy implementation.

“We hope that the Minister of Education will ensure that the declaration to provide money and food to schools is fulfilled in the interest of the poorest of the poor, for whose sake the policy was introduced, so that our children, particularly those in the final year, can prepare for the upcoming examinations without fear of disruption.”

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