The Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa, Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah, has backed calls by the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) for the government to consider reviewing upwards, feeding fees and subsidies in second cycle schools for the, 2010/2011 academic year, which begins today.
The body says its decision to request for an upward adjustment in fees payable, is informed by the prevailing market prices of major food items and services that the schools depend on to feed the, students.
According to the National Secretary of Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) Felix Essah Hieno, his outfit has already submitted proposals to the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to review all fees, such as feeding and clothing, because the present fee level was woefully inadequate for the schools to operate with.
The current feeding fee ofGH¢1.20 per student per term, was woefully inadequate and “CHASS has proposed fee levels between GH¢ 1.50 and GH¢2”.
Speaking on Peace FM’s morning show, the Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa, Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah, urged government to take immediate steps to address the concerns of the School Heads, as it is important to improve the quality of food given to the students particularly those in the boarding house which in most cases are not very nutritious.
He noted that at the formative stages of the students it is necessary that they are fed with good food as quality food ensures sharp minds, adding that Ghana will need such intelligent minds in the future to run the affairs of the country.
Story by : Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh