JHS students would be dead if they were hungry – Education Watch to Akufo-Addo

Government to increase grant for School Feeding Programme in 2023
Government to increase grant for School Feeding Programme in 2023

The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch Kofi Asare says President Akufo-Addo’s claim that JHS students are complaining of hunger at their schools as a result COVID-19 measures is not backed by the facts on the grounds.

According to him, the decision of the President to provide one hot meal for students is not a prudent use of the country’s resources.

The President in his 15th Covid-19 update to the country noted he had received reports of some JHS students going hungry due to observance of the Covid-19 protocol observation.

“As a result of reports I have recently received that some final year JHS students were going hungry in complying with Covid-19 protocols. I’ve just instructed the Minister Women, Gender and Social Protection to begin preparations to ensure as from 24th August up till 18th September, all 584,000 final year JHS students and 146,000 staff both in public and private schools be given one hot meal a day,” he noted.

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Reacting to the comment, Mr Asare said the President appears to be using the move as a political tool than responding to a genuine need.

“No one has told us that they are hungry; nobody has complained. We have been around the country, nobody has complained, I think we are political season this is tokenism. We are not being prudent, we are not prioritizing our expenditureIf the students were hungry, they would have been dead by now because they’ve been in school for 1 month.

“Feeding JHS and SHS students is not in line with education. As I said, it’s tokenism. It’s not true that foods are not being sold around schools and students are hungry,” he told Morning Starr sit-in host Lantam Papanko.

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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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