V/R: School Feeding caterers strike affects school attendance in Kadjebi
School Feeding Caterers’ decision to suspend their services until their demands were met by the government has revealed absenteeism and low attendance in some basic Schools in the Kadjebi township.
The Caterers refused to feed pupils with one hot meal a day since schools reopened on May 9,
2022 for their second term academic works.
The withdrawal of service is over the delay in the payment of feeding grants for two terms and
called for increment of the grant from 0.97 per cent to three Ghana Cedis (GH₵3.00) per child.
A teacher at Kadjebi E.P Primary School, who wanted to be anonymous, said the school
attendance had reduced from 689 pupils to 455pupils as at Friday, May 20 due to the strike, in
an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA).
He appealed to the government to heed the demands of the Caterers for payment of their
feeding arrears and increase feeding grant to at least GH₵3.00 per child.
Another teacher at Kadjebi D /A “A” Primary school, who granted interview to GNA, said the
Caterers’ demand for increment in grant was legitimate since food prices had increased.
He said the strike had affected attendance as the enrollment of 524 pupils has dropped to 450.
He said the School Feeding Programme was good, but they should be involved.
He said sharing of food was erratic, not regular and many excuses in relation to food quality.
Mr. Emmanuel Adamu Bilbe, a Desk Officer in-charge of Ghana School Feeding Programme at
the Kadjebi District Assembly told GNA that the Caterers were on strike due to non-payment of
their feeding grants for two terms and demand that the grant be increased because of economic conditions and increased cost of foodstuff in the market.
Mr. Bilbe said all documentations on the payment of the arrears were collated and forwarded to
the appropriate office, so payment would soon be affected.
The School Feeding Programme which started in 2005, aimed at increasing school enrolment
and encouraged punctuality among pupils as well as enabling them to concentrate in class.