Ahead of the Junior High School students Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), the Ghanaian government has embarked on a ‘One hot meal a day’ initiative across about 17,440 schools nationwide to enable the Final Year students and teachers to focus in class as they prepare for the examination.
The initiative is being rolled out by the Gender Ministry in collaboration with the ministries of Education, Health and Finance.
Mrs Cynthia Morrison, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social protection, during a visit to some selected junior high schools in Accra to monitor the provision of the meal to the final year students, their teachers and non-teaching staff, said they would monitor the about 17,440 schools nationwide that would benefit to ensure that the right food, quantity, and quality were given to the students at the said time.
She added that her Ministry was collaborating with the Ghana Education Service to iron out any operational challenges in terms of the number of staff in each school.
She said: “Our menu has been slightly changed to incorporate local dishes such as yam and Kontomire stew, banku with okra stew among others.”
“In case a child is allergic to a particular meal the school should inform the team so that such children will be given exceptions.”
The programme was initiated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo after reports that some final year students had been going hungry in complying with the Covid-19 protocols.
And it is said to run till September 18, 2020 when the students were expected to complete their final examination.