SHS food shortage: Inadequate Supplies arrive in Northern region

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Tamale SHS (TAMASCO)

Some food items have arrived in the Northern region to ease the food shortage situation in Senior High Schools (SHSs).

Tamale SHS (TAMASCO)They included sugar, rice and tombrown.

The Reverend Edward Azeka, the Headmaster of the Tamale SHS (TAMASCO) and Northern Regional Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Tamale.

He said some SHSs were called by the Regional Coordinator of the National Buffer Stock Company on Wednesday, July 13, to receive selected food items, adding TAMASCO was called to receive only tom brown.

He said other food items, which were needed but not supplied, included cooking oil, sugar, bread flour, tomato puree, mackerel, milk, rice, margarine, maize, among others.

Reverend Azeka said some SHSs in the region needed up to 17 food items but were called to receive either one or two of the needed items.

He said some of the schools were challenged with the inconsistent flow of food items and the unreliable nature of food supply, which had compelled authorities to feed students with what was available rather than to follow the menu.

He said day students in his school were entitled to lunch in the school, which meant that it would be more challenging when all students were in school without regular food supply.

“It is a huge challenge feeding about 3,700 students with just rice, no sugar and milk. Even if they give hundred bags of maize now, it may last for only five weeks.”

Rev Azeka said TAMASCO, Northern Business SHS, Ghana SHS, Ambariya SHS, Business SHS, Nakpanduri Business SHS, Tatale SHS, St Joseph Technical SHS, Nalerigu SHS among others, had been hit by the food shortage situation.

By Rosemary Wayo, GNA

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