According to the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), the Ghana Education Service and the National Food Buffer Stock Company have yet to deliver food or funds to most Senior High Schools across the country.
According to the Conference, which is mostly made up of headteachers from across the country, the perennial disbursement issues are putting a strain on their reopening activities because it is difficult to accept students when there are no food items to feed them.
Rev. Fr. Stephen Owusu Sekyere, President of the Conference and Headmaster of Opoku Ware School, stated that they are expecting the government to release their allocated funds so that the reopening date is not postponed due to food shortages.
According to Father Owusu Sekyere of Citi News, the government failed to meet its promise to deposit the funds into their respective bank accounts by 9 a.m. on January 10.
“We were told to go to the bank at 9 a.m. and that the money would be deposited into our accounts, but as we speak, we are still checking our accounts and no school has received any money from their bank.”
According to the CHASS president, the government has yet to supply the various schools with their food quotas in preparation for the new academic year.
“I am receiving reports from schools across the country that they have yet to receive food items. We contacted Buffer Stock, and they claim to be supplying the schools with four food items, but my information suggests otherwise.”
The president emphasized that all hopes have faded and that all they can do now is hope that the government listens to their concerns.
“Students keep reporting, and we don’t know what to do at this point so all we can do at the moment is keep waiting for the monies to be released. We have no control over what happens or when the food is delivered.”