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School feeding goes digital

Any perceived or real underhand dealings – corrupt practices in the country’s school feeding programme could soon be over as deliberate steps are taken to digitize the system to allow for more transparency accountability.

Moving away from the manual way things are done, according to the National Coordinator of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP), Mrs. Gertrude Quashiga, is going to bring about more efficiency and help to tighten the loose ends.

This programme, under which children in selected schools are provided at least one hot meal, a day, was introduced by the Kufuor Administration and is credited with the increased school enrolment and retention.

The World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian organization in the globe, has presented 300 digital tablets in support of the GSFP’s digitization drive.

These would be deployed in beneficiary schools across the country and would be used for monitoring and evaluation of the system.

The digital tablets are going to significantly assist in tracking daily attendance and feeding of school children in all the 260 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies.

Mrs. Quashigah, receiving the gadgets at a ceremony, expressed her excitement and said it was a dream come true.

They would now be able to properly validate enrolment figures, the performance of the caterers and bring sanity into the system.

Digitizing the school feeding programme would ensure that there was real speed in doing things, greater efficiency and assist to seal the loopholes.

It was the path to making sure that there was transparency and accountability. She therefore called for strong support, to digitize the entire feeding programme.

An official of the World Food Programme, Ms. Anna Mukibi-Bunye, said the tablets were meant to help improve monitoring and reporting.

They would enable the programme to have actual data on school attendance and feeding, to determine how much should be paid to the caterers.

This was how to achieve cost effectiveness and savings, she added. She underlined her organizations determination to give solid support to the school feeding programme.

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