The Member of Parliament for the Agona West Constituency in charge of the distribution of the free ‘hot meals’ each day nationwide says there have been no complaints so far about the food being served to prospective BECE candidates and staff in Junior High Schools (JHSs) across the country.
His Excellency in his 15th televised address to the nation instructed the Gender Minister, Mrs Cynthia Mamle Morrison to ensure final year JHS students and staff currently in school are served with one hot meal each day from August 24, 2020, till the end of the BECE for School Candidates.
The Minister in line with the President’s directive commenced a nationwide distribution of the free hot meals on August 24, 2020 to all 2020 BECE candidates and staff in both public and private Junior High Schools (JHSs).
However, students in some Junior High Schools (JHSs), particularly in the Ashanti Region have lamented over the quality of the food saying “it was salty and not tasty” adding that “even prisoners will not eat this food”.
Speaking on the Accra 100.5 FM’s morning show Ghana Yensom on Wednesday, 26 August 2020, monitored by Georgeweb.org, the Cynthia Mamle Morrison said she so far received no call from a headmaster with complaints about the quality of the food being served to the pupils”.
The Gender Minister commenting on claims that the food was salty told Prah Jr that: “If you send me a picture of the food they claim is not tasty, I can’t verify from it”.
According to her, “I can only rely on the headmaster’s report but what is circulating on social media could be mischief”.
The politician, however, admitted seeing a one video on social media which some students in the Ashanti Region were complaining about the food and promised to follow up on that immediately.
The Member of Parliament for the Agona West Constituency stated there are some other videos in which the pupils cannot be identified, “so, it could be mischief, it could be true”.
She furthered that “If we are cooking for pupils across the whole country and only two or three places are complaining, then it means things are going on very well in the majority of the schools”.