The mother student body of Senior High Schools in the Ashanti Region, the Student Representative Council (SRC) is demanding immediate action to halt the funding delays and food challenges affecting Senior High Schools in the region.
The student body made the call in its address to mark the opening of its 25th Congress and launching of the chapter’s silver jubilee in the Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi.
Delivering the address, SRC President Delancy Ama Aya Kye beckoned, “We call on government to ensure the timely release of food in the right quantities to our schools.”
Recounting the challenges faced by scores of senior high schools across the country, She observed, “Our schools experienced a number of shortages in the course of the previous semesters making it difficult to follow the menu. A review of the supply policy to ensure that Heads of schools could have enough resources to take care of their local needs and supplies will go a long way to help”
She further called for the proper retooling of the Food and Buffer Stock Company to play its crucial role efficiently in delivering nonperishable food items to schools within the right requisition and delivery periods to spare schools the inconvenience of poor nutrition.
Miss Delancy Ama Aya Kye further pleaded with government to resolve bottlenecks resulting in the perennial delays in the release of funds for curricular and co-curricular activities.
She bemoaned: “There are occasions where funds for recurrent expenditure in our schools have delayed too much bringing co-curricular activities to a halt in our schools. Without funding, crucial activities like sports, culture, science and mathematics activities as well – SRC-related activities will gradually suffer.”
The students further made calls for government to bring back the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) fees system under a regulated maximum capping system to allow parents support minimal expenditure demands of their schools.
The SRC has earmarked a series of activities including a homecoming ceremony to mark its 25 years of existence after it was set up under the presidency of the current Minister of Education Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum who became the first president of the student body.
By: Ivan Heathcote – Fumador