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GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAMME

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The Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, has stated that the government will soon expand the school feeding programme to cover more schools in the region and the country as a whole.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, has stated that the government will soon expand the school feeding programme to cover more schools in the region and the country as a whole.

 

Speaking at Akyem Swedru in the Birim South District of the Eastern Region, Mr Darfour said   school children, especially those in KG and class one, need support from the government to get the peace of mind to study.

This, he stressed, informed government’s decision to increase the number of beneficiary schools.

The District Chief Executive for Asene Manso Akroso, Alex Incoom, promised to ensure that all the schools in the district benefit from the school feeding programme to attract more children to attend school.

According to him, his observations had shown that schools that are running the school feeding programme in the various districts have attracted more children.

                                                                                                      Payments

Last year, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection released an amount of GH¢10,000,000 to settle outstanding debt of caterers under the Ghana School Feeding Programme.

Then sector Minister Otiko Afisah Djaba said the funds were meant for the payment due them for the second and third terms of 2016/2017.

As part of government’s commitment to sustain the programme and improve the quality delivery of meals to beneficiary pupils, government again released GHc88m to pay caterers of school feeding programme who were owed from September to December 2017. This, according to the caterers, boosted the programme.

                                                                                                   Govt commitment

Government has indicated that it is committed to ensuring that meals provided for pupils remain on schedule and uninterrupted. It has again raised the current GHP80 pesewas per head GHC1.

On why the payment of the 2017/2018 arrears had delayed, government says the huge debt left behind by the previous government is the reason.

Nonetheless, government has firmly assured that it will do its best to ensure that the next payment comes on time.