Education

7,000 pupils in Ashaiman benefiting from School Feeding programme

A total of almost 7,000 pupils are currently benefiting from the School Feeding Programme (SFP) in the Ashaiman municipality.

The programme covers 15 schools comprising eight kindergartens and seven primary schools.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA), Mr Albert Boakye Okyere has hinted that it would soon extend its coverage of the School Feeding Programme to the junior high schools.

He made the disclosure at a meeting with the media aimed at briefing journalists on the implementation status of some priority programmes of the government in the municipality. 

The School Feeding Programme nationwide aimed to, among others, encourage needy people to go to school thereby increasing enrolment, attendance and retention as well as ensuring the pupils get at least one nutritious meal a day.

The MCE said as part of efforts to boost employment in the area, a total of 23 caterers with their workforce in the municipality have also been employed to render services under the SFP.

He said this had helped to absorb many young unemployed people who were earning income and also contributing to the development of the area.

The MCE encouraged parents and children to take advantage of the many opportunities being offered by the SFP because it had a long term benefit for all.

Mr Okyere also revealed that the assembly had awarded scholarships to 18 needy but brilliant students in the Municipality.

They are made up of eight females and ten males who are currently pursuing various courses in the tertiary institutions in the country for the 2019/2020 academic year.

The MCE revealed that an amount of GH¢80,000 had been paid to the various universities on behalf of the beneficiary students under the government scholarship.

He said education would continue to be the priority of the assembly and, therefore, called on all persons to support ASHMA to achieve its objective.

From Dzifa Tetteh, Ashaiman

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