After threatening to compel students to feed themselves or close down schools over the food shortages, the government through the Buffer Stock has responded to CHASS’ threat by sending some supplies to the affected schools. CHASS is however worried that what has been supplied will not last within two weeks.
The food supplied include; sugar, maize, vegetable, and palm oil. According to the Upper East Regional branch of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools, Richard Akumbasi, the items supplied were not enough and would not meet schools’ demands.
The Regional Chairman of CHASS, Richard Akumbasi who spoke to A1 News also explained that the food supplied was not needed in some schools.
“Yes, the government told us that it will be supplying us with only seven food items and it has done that for only the rest of the two weeks. But these foods are not enough. Imagine if a school was cooking 40 bags of rice a week and the government has supplied something that is not up to three times that, how will it take the school up to that two weeks. Again, we were expecting, rice, groundnut, beans, and Gari, but here is the case none of these food items have been supplied, rather, the government supplied us with palm and vegetable oils, sugar, maize, and other two items. So, the government needs to come again because these food items can’t last us within two weeks.”
Mr. Akumbasi however hinted that the association will soon hold a meeting to come out with possible solutions and how they can avoid the possible closure of schools.
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