School Feeding Programme: Private School Teachers And Students Likely to Reject Govt’s Hot Meals

Government collapsing private schools as teachers loose hope

Governments extension of School Feeding Programme (One Hot Meal a Day) to Private School teachers and students  is likely to be rejected by private schools.

Since COVID-19 was first recorded in Ghana and government restrictions led to the closing of schools as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus, private schools have been left to their fate.

None payment of salaries, petition to government to support, and others have not really been considered by government. Less has been heard about request to government by private school teachers to be paid by government during this pandemic.

But with the decision of government to feed final year students, Private School Teachers and their students preparing for the BECE 2020 will enjoy their first ever Covid-19 relief directly within the school certain.

The non- payment of monthly salary to employees by private school owners indirectly affected teachers yet cries of these teachers never saw the needed response from government. Teachers in private schools have been jobless and with no pay since March 2020.

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For some teachers and schools, this may seem like a slap in their face.

It will be the first time in the history of the School Feeding Programme that  feeding school children has been extended to private schools.

As to whether private schools will take part in the feeding programme is another issue we wait to review.

In fact private schools have been treated like secondary citizens since 2017.

From 2017 BECE to date, private school candidates have been less Ghanaians per the selective action of government. Whiles the BECE exams fees of public school candidates are fully absorbed that of private school candidates are paid in full by parents.

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Teachers, Students and proprietors would expect government to respond positively to their plight rather than attempt to feed them with hot meals.

One can expect that some private schools are likely to embrace the move whiles others will reject the meals.

Private schools are expecting government to ease restrictions and permit schools to operate so that they can get back to business but that dream seems locked up and stuck on the drawing board.

It does not look like the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service will soon give government the green light to reopen school for pre-tertiary education students and teachers.

Only God knows how private school teachers have managed to survive COVID-19 without pay. Private School owners, private school teachers and other stakeholders are not enthused about the announcement by government to serve students one hot meal a day.

In some private schools, meals are prepared by the school and sold to students. Government’s intention and move with the one hot meal a day covering private schools will further derail efforts by proprietors to make some profit from their canteens just to survive.

Were private schools consulted in this decision? At best, this decision by government looks good on the surface but flipped inside out, it looks like not so much consultation was done with private schools.

There are more pressing issues private schools and teachers working there want government to address and not the provision on hot meals. Truth is, it will not work in many schools.

 

Source: Edulearnweb.com

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