Madam Otiko Afisa Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Youngsters and Social Safety (MoGCSP), has disclosed that authorities has launched an quantity of GHC10,00zero,00zero.00 in direction of the settlement of excellent money owed of the Ghana Faculty Feeding Programme (GSFP).
Nevertheless, the Nationwide Secretariat of the GSFP is engaged on the reconciliation of the transactions executed throughout the final two tutorial phrases between the GSFP caterers, and MASLOC, suppliers of rice, maize and catering tools to caterers on credit score within the 2016/17 tutorial 12 months.
“There’s the necessity for us to conduct correct and diligent reconciliations with a purpose to pay correct quantities to the caterers,” Madam Afisa Djaba acknowledged on Wednesday when she led a staff to go to pupils of South LA Property Major Faculty in Accra on their “my first day at college” programme.
She has subsequently assured caterers beneath the GSFP that: “Funds due them for the second and third phrases of the 2016/17 tutorial 12 months can be honoured by the tip of September, 2017”.
“My first day at college” was instituted some few years in the past by the Ghana Training Service to allow authorities functionaries and prime training officers work together with pupils who’re attending college for the primary time.
The overall enrolment of the South La Property Major Faculty for the 2017/18 tutorial 12 months is about 720, nevertheless, over 500 had reported as on the time of the go to with the kindergarten admitting 18 pupils and Class one having 35 pupils.
Madam Afisa Djaba additional urged Caterers and Metropolitan and Municipal District Assemblies to train restraint and cooperate with the Nationwide Secretariat of the GSFP to make sure the speedy cost.
“We guarantee all stakeholders of presidency’s dedication to maintain the programme and enhance the standard supply of meals to beneficiary pupils.
“The Faculty Feeding Programme goes to be prolonged to over 5,00zero colleges, which can even be elevated by 30 per cent. Authorities has agreed to extend the feeding quantity from the earlier 80 pesewa to 85 pesewa for high quality meals to be served the beneficiaries,” she mentioned.
In response to the Gender Minister, to maintain the programme, home-grown rice can be used this tutorial 12 months including that “Rice can be provided to caterers within the numerous districts via the Ministry. This can be a facility aiming at bettering upon the standard supply of meals served the pupils”.
Madam Afisa Djaba expressed the hope that the programme would encourage the pupils to remain at school and known as on academics to be dedicated and present like to the pupils.
The Gender Minister and her staff together with Dr Kwame Adu Nsiah, the Nationwide Coordinator of the GSFP interacted with the pupils in addition to suggested them to be disciplined, take their research critical and harassed that it was essential for the pupils to attend college frequently.
Madam Mary Amasah, the Headmistress of South LA Property Major, lauded stakeholders for the Faculty Feeding Programme, which had elevated enrolment and retention in primary colleges.
She subsequently appealed that the programme be prolonged to the Junior Excessive division of varied public colleges as there have been equally college students in want at that degree as effectively.
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