In order to determine how best to address the sporadic food shortages in schools, the National Council of Parent Teacher Associations (NCPTA) in the Eastern Region plans to meet with the principals of secondary schools.
Most schools occasionally have food shortages due to delays in the delivery of nonperishable food supplies, which interferes with academic activities.
Parents’ concerns about the subpar meals provided to pupils have been voiced.
Speaking to the media on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at the opening of the Akuapem Zone of the National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, Eastern Regional Chairman of the Association Joshua Terkpernor said parents are prepared and willing to support the government in addressing the issue of school feeding.
“Normally what we do is, we meet with the authorities to see how best we can solve the problem because they are our children. Government is doing its best by offering this free SHS. In Eastern region alone, we have about 100 Senior High Schools, Central and other regions may have even more so as parents we may have to come in to also support the free SHS and when we come in to support the free SHS through our little, little contribution it will make education become stronger.”
The NCPTA thinks more cooperation with the government could help ease some of the difficulties associated with implementing the Free SHS program.
To lessen the financial load that is strangling the economy, some PTA representatives urged to the government that it examine the Free Senior High School policy and allow parents to pay for things like feeding and boarding costs.
The NCPTA made use of the occasion to urge the teacher unions that are on strike to call off their action while talks with the government continue, warning that a protracted strike would negatively affect students, especially those getting ready to take the West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), as they had already missed a lot of class time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused schools to close for nearly a year.
The National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations for the Akuapem Zone’s Zonal Executives consisted of seventeen second cycle institutions that were chosen to coordinate PTA activities in the schools in order to carry out the association’s broad vision of becoming a stronger body in the nation’s education sector that could influence decision-making and help to improve the quality of education delivery and development in the schools.
The PTAs from different schools in the zone gave reports on the many projects they had started in their institutions this year and highlighted the difficulty in getting certain parents to pay dues because the government had not been forthcoming about doing so.