Senior High Schools To Be Closed Down Over Food Shortage
The management of the Northern Region Conference Of Heads Of Assisted Secondary Schools has hinted at the possible closure of Senior High Schools in the region if the government does not release money for food items.
The Management of the Conference Of Heads Of Assisted Secondary Schools in a letter signed by Rev. Edward Azeka Williams and Felix Tsri Kwame addressed to the Regional Director of Education says that non-payment of funds for perishables may lead to the closure of senior high schools in the Northern Regions.
Further checks conducted have revealed that suppliers who provide credit for perishable items like eggs and meat are not ready to continue with the supply owing to the amount in arrears.
“We wish to state that if we do not get immediate releases of the SHS students of the single track schools who would be due to return to school tomorrow, Tuesday. August 16, 2022, would not report until we get money. This also includes those in the transitional schools who are billed to report on September 4, 2022.” Northern Region CHASS stated.
Meanwhile, in July 2022, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education agreed that government owes the National Food Buffer Stock Company GH¢340 million.
Government’s Response To Food Shortage In SHS
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister in charge of Education in answering
questions in Parliament said the Government of Ghana was working towards clearing the debt and ending the food shortage in Senior High Schools across the country.
The Minister further stated that an amount of GH¢327 million has been paid by the government to the National Food Buffer Stock Company this year to ensure timely food supply to schools.