Flagbearer aspirant of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama has challenged journalists to visit Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country to confirm for themselves his recent comments about the poor quality of meals being served the students.
Mr Mahama wants the country’s journalists to interview students in the various SHSs in order to know the kind of food being served them.
Speaking to party delegates in New Juaben North, during his three-day tour of the Easter Region, Mr Mahama noted: “Recently I spoke about poor quality of meals for students in Senior High Schools but the NPP insulted me. I want Journalists to fact check.
“This is a challenge to you [Journalists]. Go to the SHS students to ask them about the quality of food being served and as I said with apology, that the food being served the children in school not even a dog will eat that food in the house.”
He urged “Journalists go to the schools to interview the children and see for yourself if these are the kind of food Senior High School students deserve to eat.”
According to the NDC flagbearer aspirant, parents are currently spending more on their wards under government’s free Senior High School initiative than in previous times when they were paying school fees.
“When you [President Akufo-Addo] came, everything [you say] Free SHS. Now the children can’t go to school to learn. They go to school three weeks and come home. Their meals are bad.
“I have seen videos where food were being shared to students, the quality can’t be compared to what we feed them at home. Parents are spending more on children now than when they were paying fees. That is why we have called for consultation with stakeholders to review,” former President Mahama said.
He reiterated that free Senior High School began under the erstwhile NDC government with day students, thus, he would not cancel the programme if he becomes President.
“But they went round to say I said I will cancel it. That is the propaganda they did in 2016. But we started Free SHS with day students. At our time, day students were not paying schools fees in secondary school.
“We announced we were going to start with boarding students so in the first year, September, we selected 140,000 boarding students for Free SHS so how can I cancel it?”
The NDC flagbearer aspirant’s three-day tour of the Eastern Region will end today, Thursday, 13 April 2023.