One Hot Meal A Day For 584,000 BECE Candidates

One Hot Meal A Day For 584,000 BECE candidates

The Akufo Addo led government would from 24th August 2020 start providing one hot meal a day to all 584,000 BECE candidates. This was communicated during the 15th National Address.

In the address, the President said reports reaching him showed that BECE candidates preparing for the Junior High School exit examinations were going hungry because of the COVID-19 restrictions.

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The hot meals to be served will cover all candidates in both public and private schools. In all a total of 730000 beneficiaries made up of five hundred and eighty-four thousand (584,000) final year students and forty-six thousand (146,000) staff will be taken care of. 

“As from 24th August up to 18th September, all five hundred and eighty-four thousand (584,000) final year students and forty-six thousand (146,000) staff, both in pubic and private schools, will be given one hot meal a day.” : The President indicated in his address to the nation. 

While many welcomed the news, others are of the view that, it amount to wasteful spending.

In a related development, all tertiary students in their second the third years will resume school on 24th August 2020 to complete their 2019/2020 academic year. The University of Cape Coast, the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Technical Universities, and some other colleges are yet to complete their academic work.

The President said “After extensive stakeholder consultations, the decision has been taken for continuing students in these tertiary institutions to return to school on 24th August 2014, to finish their academic year.”

The President further indicated that, the Ghana Education Service including other stakeholders are engaging each other to see the way forward for the reopening of pre-tertiary schools.

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Decisions arrived at will be communicated to the Ghanaian people however, prior to the 15th National Address the Minister for Education Hon. Matthew Oppoku Prempeh hinted that, schools were not likely to reopen in September. 

The minister was emphatic that, schools would not be reopened until it was safe to do so. The President’s 15th National Address has further proven that government want to ensure that the prevalence of Covid-19 in Ghana is at its minimum levels before easing restriction for  the reopening of schools.




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