It has come to the attention of the Teacher Unions (Ghana National Association of
Teachers, GNAT, National Association of Graduate Teachers, NAGRAT and A coalition of Concerned TeacherS Ghana, CCT-GH), since the past eight weeks
when the Senior High Schools reopened for the 2020/2021 academic year, not only
has the supply of food items by the Buffer Stock Company to the SHS stopped but
also, the Ministry of Education has failed to transfer the needed funds for the smooth
running of the Schools.
We wish to state that the situation at the SHSs is critical and has brought the SHSs
on their knees owing to the delays in releasing the GOG funds, non-supply of food
items by the Buffer Stock Company and compounded by the early reporting at
school at the beginning of each term, compared to the period preceding the Free SHS, Students no longer have to wait for school fees to be provided before
reporting to school.
It is unfortunate, heartbreaking, and disturbing that the schools have to look for funds
elsewhere to cater for the SHS students until funds are disbursed from the Ministry
Of Education. We reiterate that any further delay will impact negatively on the
smooth running of the Free SHS policy.
Consequently, we call on the Ministry of Education and all the duty bearers to act
Swiftly to save the precarious and difficult situation currently confronting the
Schools by the close of Friday, March 19, 2021. If by the close of next week, we do
not receive any favorable response, we shall determine the next line of action.
School feeding in Ghana has mostly operated at the primary school level with
expected outcomes including poverty reduction, increased school enrolment,
improved food security, and improved nutritional status. The program has
recorded a marked increase in school enrolment, reduced the gender gap between boys
and girls, and improved nutritional status in the beneficiary schools. It offers an
excellent opportunity for targeted intervention to students not only as a means for
improving educational outcomes but also enhancing nutritional outcomes.
In the light of these successes of school feeding in the primary schools, the
government of Ghana introduced a policy on free school feeding in the Senior High
Schools (SHS) in September 2017. The aims were to increase enrolment and
potentially improve the nutritional status of students in SHSs. The policy includes 3
square meals for residential students and a hot lunch for nonresidential students. The
policy has been implemented progressively, starting with students in the
first year of SHS admitted in the 2017/2018 academic year.