Teachers’ strike, inadequate food supply affect schools in Ashanti Region
Some students in Senior High Schools in the Ashanti Region have been compelled to buy food from outside campus in the past week due to inadequate food supply being experienced by authorities.
Luv Newschecks indicate that the dining hall of T.I. Ahmadiyya SHS, Kumasi remains closed while students purchase food from town.
Some students who spoke to Luv News’ Emmanuel Bright Quaicoe said they are made to bring along sugar and other food items to the dining hall.
Currently, some students are on holidays for the Eid festivities.
However, students who stayed behind on campus have to buy food from their meagre pocket allowance or depend on groceries in their chop boxes.
“We went to buy Kenkey and Okra stew for lunch. But in the evening we will eat from our boxes,” one of the students told Luv News.
Students at both senior high and junior high schools have been worried over the ongoing strike by their teachers and inadequate food supplies.
The Ashanti Region Students’ Representative Council (ARSRC) has to this effect called for an immediate resolution of the ongoing industrial action.
The students’ union is appealing to the government, the four teacher unions, and other relevant stakeholders to reach a compromise to ease students of the current hardship.
“We are appealing to the government and buffer stock to ensure that the intermittent delays and supply of food items to schools will be a thing of the past. These delays and inconsistent supplies affect academic work,” said Raphael Sarkodie, Coordinator for ARSRC.
Meanwhile, final year SHS students are expected to sit for the WASSCE in the early weeks of August.
Mr. Sarkodie is worried that the industrial action by the teachers would have an adverse toll on the students as they prepare for the exams.
“The timing of the strike is really biting hard on final year students. Everyday wasted is a huge loss to the final year students. We are appealing to the government to attach importance to the resolution of this particular issue so teachers will, with immediate effect, return to class. WASSCE will not be postponed and it’s staring these students in the faces,” he said.
Despite the ongoing strike, some final year students at some basic schools in the region were seen in class with some teachers voluntarily supporting them through lessons.
Meanwhile, at the State Experimental cluster of schools, final year students sat for their mock examination under invigilation by their teachers.
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