A section of media reports within the week claimed that caterers in Sisipe and Matilipo primary schools near Salaga were cooking unwholesome boiled maize for pupils on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
However some parents of the school children are angry with the report and have come to the defense of the caterers of the National School Feeding Program in the District.
The parents, who spoke to our Northern Regional Correspondent Prince Kwame Tamakloe, indicated that, the report was purely bogus and has no iota of truth, explaining that, they [parents] visit the school recurrently and have never witnessed such a case.
“We come here every week to see how our children are doing but we have never seen anything of that sort, so how can the media report these lies” A parent lamented.
“I want to tell the whole world that, our children are not fed with malnourished meal, they eat very well in the school”
The parents have therefore counseled Ghanaians to disregard the report and have promised a constant support for the National School Feeding Program in the District by continuously visiting the school.
With regards to school children being forced out from classrooms due to the situation and also chiefs and members of the communities demanding the removal of the catering service providers, the parents debunked that as well.
In a related development, the Northern Regional Secretariat of the Ghana School Feeding Program has described the report as a fallacy and mischievous.
An interview with the Northern Regional Coordinator the NSFP Mrs. Felicia Tettey revealed that, a comprehensive investigation into the report have found it untrue, clarifying that, the menu provided by caterers varied under the Programme and varied from the districts.
She went on to say that in this particular case, although boiled yam was an acceptable meal for pupils in the East Gonja district, the meal referred to in the report didn’t come from her caterers.
“Per our investigation, the head master, the DCE, the caterer and the community have denied”, she said, explaining “the caterer, Madam Saani Suabra said she has never cooked anything like that in the school. The headmaster also said never has there been a case that the caterer has cooked only maize for the pupil, so they don’t know where the image is coming from. I don’t know why the headmaster would lie, I don’t know why the community would lie. The headmaster will not shield the caterer for anything”.
“The School Feeding is taking a shape in the Northern region, because we are committed in giving the people the best that we can and my zonal coordinators are always in the field to ensure that caterers give the pupil one hot nutritious meal as established by the Ghana School Feeding and therefore need the support of everyone to make the NSFP a prosperous one to its beneficiaries the district and Ghana as a whole" Mrs. Tettey said.
By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe