Public Senior High Schools(SHSs) across the country risk closure over food shortage, GhanaXtra.Com can report authoritatively.
Most of the schools have run out of essential food items such as sugar, rice, maize, milk, cooking oil, flour, and sardines and have been forced to devise means of feeding the students.
Credible information available to this portal indicates that many of the schools have been forced to rely on only beans-related foods for supper and lunch and have also been providing breakfast without the mandatory bread.
The situation if not salvaged in the coming days will bring academic activities in the schools to a standstill as authorities will be compelled to send students home.
A source that spoke to GhanaXtra.Com on condition of strict anonymity revealed that despite assurances from the National Buffer Stock, the schools are yet to receive deliveries making it difficult for management.
“As I speak to you, my school has run out of many food items. It is not easy at all but what we hear is assurances from the authorities but they have delivered on their promise”.
A Headmaster(name withheld) in the Eastern Region decries the current situation to this portal by describing it as dire.
According to him, feeding the students has now become a major headache for heads of Senior High Schools and urged authorities to intervene.
Meanwhile, independent checks by this portal indicate suppliers have refused to supply foodstuffs as they have not been paid since January.
The Free Senior High School (Free SHS) Policy was a government initiative introduced in September 2017. The policy’s origination began as part of the President’s presidential campaign during Ghana’s 2016 election period and has become an essential part of Ghana’s educational system.