Basic schools hot meal begins Monday -GES DG announced
The feeding of junior high school students taken their final year exam and their teachers will commenced Monday 24 August, 2020,Director General of the Ghana Education Service(GES) has announced.
Professor Kwasi Opoku Amamkwa who disclosed this to selected journalists at Larteh, Akuapem in the eastern region said the one hot meal a day announced by the president will be executed by the ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.
The GES DG said the chief of staff headed committee has been tasked to ensure the program goes on effectively.
A decision professor Amamkwa said, has also been taken to engage already food vendors who were providing schools with food before the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
The provision of the food professor Amamkwa said will includes both public and private schools.
The food vendors are expected to provide the mail with an egg everyday as advised by the Ghana health service representative in the committee .
On the reopening of schools, the director General sated that schools will remains closed until a committee tasked by the government for the reopening submits its report.
The committee headed former minister of education, professor Dominic Fobi committee recommendations comes somewhere in September.
The committee the DG said will monitor the implementation of the program at regional levels together with regional and District officers.
The program he explained included private schools in the country.
Touching on the Secondary Education Improvement program (SEIP), Professor Amamkwa described it as one of the key projects to breach the gap between deprived and schools considered as not deprived.
The program the DG explained was introduced to prevent pressure on category A schools which every parent want their wards to attend.
“They are about 60 secondary schools that virtually every parent want their children to attend; We put so much pressure on these schools. These schools are supposeterdily the top performing schools but we can’t get only them to be doing that and in 2014, an arrangement was made to ensure that some schools were identified based on their performances for support in the area of leadership training“ Professor Amamkwa emphasized.
The leadership he said was identified as the key problem facing the schools. A busery or some scholarship was instituted for students or parents with difficulties in getting even 1Gh¢ in the deprived schools, the DG explained.
Infrastructure was also identified as of the challenges and it was provided with computers in their laboratories.
Professor Amamkwa pleaded with the media to assist the service deliver its through their platforms.