Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament has filed two urgent questions in parliament following the shortage of food in some secondary schools across the country.
The MP who represents Builsa South constituents wants to know why the buffer stock is indebted to suppliers.
The lawmaker does not understand why the buffer stock will owe food suppliers when parliament approved Ghc2.3 billion for the implementation of free SHS.
He described the situation as terrible and widespread and urged the government to address the situation with immediate effect.
Some parents have raised concerns over food shortages in some senior high schools across the country.
In an SOS audio currently in circulation, some parents raised concerns over the quality of food served to their wards in the affected schools.
The Parents Teacher Association Chairman of Mfantstpim, Monister Kwarteng, lamented that the situation was terrible.
He disclosed that the students are taking porridge without milk, sugar, and bread, describing the food given to the students as horrible.
He said Dear parents, these are our boys, and as a parents association, we have less than Ghc1,000 in our coffers. What can this do?”
He further stated that the situation was horrible, and those who could donate items, including bags of rice, flour, and oil, should do so.
On his part, the headmaster of the school Rev. Ebener Aidoo said the food situation was dire, but the school was working around the clock to address the situation.
Several other schools, including Ghana National College, Adisadel College, and St. Augustine’s, are all facing food shortages.
Dr. Apaak in his statement said “Folks, the food situation in our Secondary schools is worrying. And it’s not just schools in the Upper West Region as per the documents attached.
The question is why the current situation? Why are buffer stock food suppliers not making food available to the schools? Does government owe buffer stock, food suppliers? If so, how much?
And why must government owe buffer stock food suppliers when GHC 2.3B was approved for fSHS for 2022? Something doesn’t add up!
By the way, I’ve filed two urgent questions on buffer stock and its suppliers, let’s hope the Education Minister provides answers.”