District Chief Executive for the Wa East District of the Upper West Region, Hon. Jotie Moses has revealed that, more schools have been enrolled on to the Ghana School feeding programme in the district indicating that, the district has recorded an increase in the number of schools benefiting from the programme.
According to him, 51 schools were only benefiting as of 2017 and with the inception of this NPP’s administration more schools were hooked on to the programme increasing the number from 51 to 112 from 2017 to 2019. He said the programme instituted by the Kuffour’s led NPP administration was to provide one hot meal to pupils of school going age who are with state owned schools.
Mr. Jotie noted that, the programme has helped a lot of pupils in the district adding that, the rate of malnutrition cases initially recorded have reduced drastically and also helped keep children at school through out the schooling hours.
“The Ghana school feeding programme has been identified as one of the significant social intervention programmes initiated by government, its objectives include the boosting of domestic food production, increases school enrollment, attendance and retention among kindergarten and primary school children, while reducing hunger and malnutrition, thus contributing to the achievement of sustainable development goal. The government strategy to achieve its objectives of the programme is to provide one hot meal daily on school days to children in state ran schools. The burdens of hunger, malnutrition and ill health on school aged children are major constraints in achieving the education for all especially at rural Ghana. The total number of schools under the programme in the district witnessed astronomical move from 51 schools to 112 schools thus from 2017 to 2019 respectively”
The DCE stated that, the Assembly in its bid to improving and lifting the standard of education in the district instituted best student/hard worker award in 2018 and that has led to massive improvement in the education sector in the district revealing that, the best BECE student male category had aggregate 17 whiles the female best BECE student came out with aggregate 14 in the last BECE examination conducted.
He charges students especially those at the basic schools in the district, to study hard and take advantage of the government’s Free Senior High School policy. This was made known at Funsi, capital of the Wa East district during the cerebration of the 63rd independence day.
Meanwhile, 21 schools took part in the march pass comprising kindergarten, Primary, Junior and Senior High schools with Loggu Community Day Senior High School emerging first at the S.H.S level whiles Funsi girls Model J.H.S secured the first position for J.H.S category. Funsi St. Johns Primary polled the first position at the Primary whereas Funsi E/A KG took the first position for the Kindergarten category. Some hardworking staff of the district were also awarded for their dedicated services to the district.