The Akufo-Addo led government in the 2022/2023 academic year will include all private schools across the country to the popular School feeding programme, the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), John Boadu has said.
Mr John Boadu in his address at the Upper West Regional Annual Delegate Conference disclosed that prospective students in private schools next year will start to enjoy free meals just as their colleagues in the public sector.
“The next academic year, we are going to make sure that all private schools in the country enjoy the school feeding programme. This is something that the only New Patriotic Party government can do,” Mr Boadu told delegates.
The Ghana School Feeding Programme is an initiative of the comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme Pillar 3 which seeks to enhance food security and reduce hunger, poverty and malnutrition.
The basic concept of the feeding programme is to provide students in government or public primary schools with one hot nutritious meal, prepared from locally grown foodstuffs, on every school-going day until the end of term.
The aim is to spend 80% of the feeding cost in the local economy. The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP): is the oversight Ministry for the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP).
The National Executive Director of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS), Mr Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah reacting to the news on Monday told EducationWeb.com.gh the move is a step in the right direction.