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School Feeding Programme To Cover Pupils In KG And Primary Six - Chief Of Staff

The Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare has released a statement proposing the expansion of the Ghana School Feeding Programme saying the program is steadily moving towards universal coverage.

In the picture is the chief of staff in the Flagstaff house Mrs Akosua Frema Osei-Opare.

She explained this new development as heartwarming. She further said that the plan of government to increasingly widen the School feeding programme to cater for all children enrolled in government schools from Kindergarten (KG) to primary six (6) should be given all the accolades.

She made these new assertion known during the 2021 University of Ghana alumni lecture on the theme “Social Protection in Ghana: Are we on track?”

Madam Akosua Frema Ose-Opare stated that “The 2020/2021 academic year enrolment data reveals that there are about 4.73 million pupils all over the country. 

 “The 2022 National Budget (YES, the Famous budget) promises to increase coverage from the initial 3.4 million to almost 4 million Ghanaian pupils. This would immediately increase coverage from the recently 71.8 % to 84.5%.

“This is indeed a good move towards increasing equality nationwide in the delivery of the School Feeding Programme.

“A total coverage would probably reduce the need for intense request from the various community actors to get their schools included in the school feeding programme.

“A fiscal space analysis gap study carried out by UNICEF in 2020 reveals that with the exception of Burkina Faso, Ghana’s expenditure on school feeding as a percentage of Gross Domestic Per cent GDP is higher than that of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal and other Sub-Saharan African countries. Furthermore, as a percentage of Gross Domestic Per cent Ghana’s expenditure on school feeding exceeds that of other countries such as Brazil, South Africa and Malaysia even though these countries have a higher per capita income.

“Ghana’s willingness towards the fight against poverty is seen clearly in the direct budgetary interventions that are made for programmes that address biasness. 

“As we expand Ghana School Feeding Programme to universal coverage, it is imperative that we uplift as well the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems as well as digitalize the School Feeding Programme procedures. We must ensure that the money spent on such programmes directly benefit their intended targets and with efficacy.

“A strengthen inclusion and oversight at the decentralized levels of government should also be employed for enhanced quality of service delivery. The district can help in monitoring the quality and quantity of food served, and as well frequency of cooking by caterers.

“The decentralized system can better encourage the inclusion of parents and opinion leaders to improve timeous delivery of services.”

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Flagstaff National Budget University of Ghana

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