After some reports that the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School (PRESEC) in Legon was among the high schools allegedly facing a food shortage, the Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Adutwum, has said the school’s students and management are making claims to the contrary.
In a post on Facebook, Dr. Adutwum who paid a surprise visit to the school, said the school’s headmaster and the students denied the claims when he visited.
“The students and the headmaster denied claims making rounds in some section of the media that Presec was experiencing food shortages,” the minister said in his post.
Concerns about the shortage of food have come from parents, former students and some teachers.
The Ghana National Association of Teachers, for example, raised an alarm and gave the government an ultimatum to address the issue.
But since then, the government and regulators have come out to downplay the reports.
The Ministry of Education denied the shortage saying its checks had shown schools had enough food.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng, said to Citi News he “was even with the PRO of GES when she called a headteacher of one of the schools who confirmed that it is not true. The situation according to our checks is not entirely as is being painted.”
The Ghana Education Service has also said it has begun investigations into the reports of food shortage.
Director-General of GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa also said he felt the reports were exaggerated.
“As far as our records go, there is nothing like that. We have officially not received complaints from any of the schools over the issue,” he said.