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Free SHS Woes: Schools in Upper West Region run out of food; students expected to feed themselves from July 15

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Some parents of students in schools in the Upper West Region would be forced to find alternative ways of feedings their wards while they remain in school. The affected schools say that due to food shortages, they cannot continue to feed the students.

This was contained in a letter signed by the Upper West Regional CHASS Chairman and sighted by a1radioonline.com.

“At a meeting of the Upper West Regional CHASS on the 6th July, 2022 at Queen of Peace Senior High School, the Food and Money Situation in the schools was thoroughly discussed. It came out that the Food suppliers contracted by Buffer Stock Company and those local suppliers contacted to help out are all refusing to supply due to non-payment of outstanding monies owed for food supplied to the schools. This has led to serious food shortages in all the schools in the region. In fact, an assessment of the situation indicated that most schools cannot go beyond one week if nothing urgent is done about it.”

“Also the way that money is trickling into the schools is making it very difficult to run the schools. In view of these challenges, it was resolved that: All Schools will feed students with only whatever is available in the school food stores and students will be asked to bring their own sugar and other items to the dining hall.”

“If sufficient money and food is not received in the schools by Friday, 15th July, 2022, we will be compelled to tell parents and guardians to either feed their wards or come for them since it will be impossible to continue to feed them with nothing.”

“Candidates writing the WASSCE will be compelled to feed themselves or come from home to write the exams,” portions of the statement read.

See the full statement below

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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