Feeding grant debts for northern schools pile up

It is required of government to urgently make full payment of the accumulated feeding grants debt associated with Senior High Schools in the three regions of the north.

Citi News’ incessant reports on the situation compelled government to pay one out of three terms debt owed the various schools.

It is unknown when government will defray the total debt, and if this academic term ends without any reimbursements, it will pile up for three terms.

Food suppliers who earlier withdrew their services and demanded full reimbursement, rescinded their decision on humanitarian grounds to enable the students return to the classroom.

A frustrated Bursar of one of the affected schools on condition of anonymity told Citi News school authorities are now dealing with food suppliers without recourse to the procurement process.

He said food suppliers have taken advantage of the situation and are overpricing their goods.

He pleaded with government to permanently resolve the feeding grants problem ahead of the implementation of the free Senior High School education concept.

It will be recalled that, second cycle institutions in the three regions of the north postponed reopening after the Christmas break, due to the feeding grants problem.

The students a week later returned to school and witnessed a reduction of the quantity of food served at the dinning halls.

The non-payment of the accumulated Feeding Grants debt is affecting the academic calendar of Senior High Schools in the three regions of the north.

By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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