Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister for Education later Wednesday paid a surprise visit to the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC) in Legon to confirm if students are starving as a result of claims of food shortage claims.
The Education Minister in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said he interacted with some members of staff, headmaster and the first year free SHS students of the all Boys’ Senior High School during their evening prep.
“My unannounced visit to the school gave rare opportunity to assess how their evening studies are organised. In one of the classes, we studied mathematics together,” Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum stated in his post on Wednesday.
According to him, the prospective students and headmaster denied allegations by the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the media that some Senior High Schools including PRESEC are experiencing food shortages.
“The students and the headmaster denied claims making rounds in some sections of the media that Presbyterian Boys Senior High School (PRESEC) was experiencing food shortages, the Minister in charge of Education said.
But, Mr Thomas Musah, the President of GNAT speaking on Citi FM’s EyeWitness show monitored by EducationWeb insisted data gathered from some Senior High Schools across the country indicates there is a shortage of food.
“We can’t keep quite over the shortage of food in the various Senior High Schools and say all is well, all is not well currently in some particularly schools in the Eastern, Ashanti, Northern and Central Region,” he told Citi FM.
Reacting to the claim by the Ghana Association of Teachers, the spokesperson for the Education Ministry, Mr Kwasi Kwarteng said the Ghana Education Service (GES) has confirmed there is no case of food shortage in the schools.
“My checks with the agency responsible for the schools thus the Ghana Education Service (GES) indicates that as of now no Senior High School (SHS) in Ghana is suffering from any shortage of food on campus,” Mr Kwarteng noted.