Ghana’s Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh following reports of the unevenness in food supplies has presented over 800 weighing scales to the Ghana Education Service to address issues of disproportion.
The over 800 weighing scales would be distributed by the Ghana Education Service to Senior High Schools across the country under the Akufo-Addo government’s Free SHS program to solve the inequality of food supplies.
NAPO noted the procurement of the weighing scales follows complain that some schools were over receiving fewer supplies than what is charged for payment by the providers.
According to the Education Minister, there are currently 722 Senior High Schools under the Free SHS program in the country, while each of the procured scales which delayed for three years costs about $800.
“If something could collapse the Free SHS Policy,” the Minister said, “it would have been the feeding of the students.”
“When the schools were complaining of the number of food supplies they were receiving, we thought that why don’t we get them scales that have been standardised by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to weigh all the supplies to ensure that the quantity is accurate,” he said.
He furthered “It was, therefore, necessary, he said, to take appropriate measures to efficiently execute food supply activities to satisfy the schools”.
The Director-General of GES, Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa in his remarks urged schools and suppliers to use the scale for its intended purpose, he added that “We will keep an eye on them to ensure that they are put to good use.”
Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa noted the scales would make it easier for the Ghana Education Service (GES) to facilitate the payment of suppliers of the food items.
The Director-General further advised heads of Senior High Schools (SHSs) to always ensure that suppliers delivered the right quantities of food items to their school on time.