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Retired educationist, Robert Ajene deplores food crisis in public senior high schools

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Barring any last-minute intervention by the government, senior high schools under the Free Senior High School programme could be shut down and students sent home.

This is a result of the poor food supply situation in the schools which is said to have reached dire and deteriorated levels.

The Upper West regional chapter of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) is warning that students and parents may soon be compelled to take up the cost of feeding if the government fails to provide supplies by July 15, 2022.

Food suppliers contracted by the Buffer Stock Company as well as local suppliers are all refusing to supply food to the schools citing non-payment of outstanding monies owed them by the government.

But, retired Educationist, Robert Ajene is not happy about the situation. According to him, the situation was not this bad when headmasters used to buy the food themselves. Mr Ajene disagreed with the current system when he spoke on the Day Break Upper East Show on A1 Radio.

“And the major problem is feeding; the headmasters were going to the market to buy food, now everything has to come from Accra. As for that one, I don’t agree with it. You take off the thing from the headmasters’ hands and food is supplied by a food supplier from Accra, that one I disagree entirely. When there is no food the headmaster is the first to be attacked and you can’t defend him.”

He continued that “and dare a headmaster to complain that there is no food; he’s either transferred. This is what we have heard.”

He said good plans are implemented forcefully in Ghana making reference to the free senior high school policy.

“Who can say that the free senior high school system is bad? No! It’s good but the implementation.”

The retired educationist observed that there is no equity in the provision of infrastructure to the various senior high schools across the country.

“You see equipment, to who has more is added and who doesn’t have the little you have is taken away from them. If you open new schools, forget about giving further equipment to Achimota. I am not criticizing but am saying this and giving reasons for them,” Mr Ajene stated.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana

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