The Africa Education Watch has condemned President Akufo-Addo for his comment that JHS students in schools preparing for their forthcoming BECE were going hungry as a result of adhering to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
According to the Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, President Akufo-Addo’s claim is not backed by facts on the grounds adding that “his decision to provide one hot meal each day for students and staff is not a wise use of the country’s resources.
His Excellency Akufo-Addo in his 15th televised nation’s address following reports that final year JHS students currently in school were going hungry in complying with the coronavirus safety protocols announced one hot meal each day until the end of the 2020 BECE on September 18, 2020.
But, the Africa Education Watch Executive Director, Mr Asare reacting to the President’s comment said Akufo-Addo seems to be using the initiative as a political tool than responding to a genuine need.
“No one has told us that they are hungry; nobody has complained. We have been around the country, nobody has complained, I think we are political season this is tokenism”.
“We are not being prudent, we are not prioritizing our expenditure. If the students were hungry, they would have been dead by now because they’ve been in school for one month”.
According to Executive Director feeding JHS and SHS students are not in line with education, but rather a tokenism, he told Starr News that “It’s not true that foods are not being sold around schools and students are hungry,”