Ghana National Association Teachers has said government is overburdening itself with the free distribution of sanitary pads
He says the priority for the Education sector is to get adequate classrooms, chalk, and books. Mr Awotwe personal effects for school girls like sanitary pads should be provided by parents.
Parliament has approved a $156 million World Bank facility to support construction of Senior High Schools in the country and out of the money an amount of $15 million will go into scholarship for over 10,000 students to pursue senior high education.
Part of that amount would also be used to buy sanitary pads and distribute it free of charge to school girls.
But the public is raising issues with contracting loans to the move. While some have okayed the deal, others think it is not sustainable. Others including the Education ministry have accused the media of concentrating on the sanitary pads component and focusing on the sanitary pads.
Weighing in on the issue, GNAT General Secretary has called after greater scrutiny of the loan agreement.
‘We need to know what percentage is dedicated to the purchase of sanitary pads’, he said.
Nonetheless in his view a sanitary pad is ‘not a priority’. He said teachers are suffering in the rural areas and some ‘ are using their pocket money to procure chalks.
‘They should use 98% should be used for school infrastructure and teaching materials’, he said.
In the meantime Minister for Gender and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur is calling on Ghanaians to support government’s free sanitary pad programme because it adds to ensure a girls education rights are upheld.
Speaking on the Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, she said adolescent girls in certain remote parts of the country
She said some of the teenage girls resort to using leaves and used cement paper during the time of the month.
She said Kenya and Uganda were practicing the policy. She explained 60% of $15m component of the loan is dedicated to girl-child education.
In a passionate plea, the minister wants Ghanaians to embrace the policy if Ghana is to move away from lip service to girl-child education.
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