The National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) following claims the government imports food items including Chinese mackerel to feed Free SHS students has released a long list of imported and locally sourced foods.
According to the list sighted by Educationweb.com.gh, food items including Free SHS mackerel, sardine, sugar, are imported outside the country whilst soya beans, gari, rice, margarine, among others are locally sourced.
The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Mr Kofi Asare this earlier week alleged a company has been contracted by the Akufo-Addo government to supply Chinese mackerel to various Senior High Schools.
According to him, the government since January 2021 after the school reopened has limited the number of eggs purchased from large scale poultry farmers for the Free SHS beneficiaries amid the mackerel.
The Education Economist further alleged that the supply of Chinese mackerel to schools has reduced egg consumption by 70% and created unemployment especially among poultry farmers in the country
But, the Ghana Education Service (GES) in a Tuesday statement has denied the allegation saying the mackerel included or introduced in the National Approved Menu in January 2021 has been part since September 2017.