Teacher trainees to feed themselves amid rising cost of foodstuffs

Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum

Teacher trainees in all 46 Colleges of Education across Ghana will have to feed themselves on campus as their principals say they are in financial crisis.

The Conference of Principals of Colleges of Education in a letter to the Ministry of Education attributed the request to debts owed to food suppliers and difficulties in procuring food items.

“Prices of all food items have shot up astronomically, and food suppliers have refused to supply any food items to Colleges because of the indebtedness of Colleges to these suppliers”, the letter read in parts.

It also stated that a request for an increase in school feeding grants had not been approved.

The schools fear academic work could be disrupted as they call for immediate intervention.

“In the light of the above, it is the wish of PRINCOF to be given permission to ask students to start fending for themselves. This is to ensure that the already stretched academic year is not disrupted”, the letter stated.

But it appears this development has caught the attention of the Ministry of Education (MoE).

Its spokesperson Kwasi Kwarteng says the government is working to resolve the issue.

“MoE is aware of the urgency of the situation and is working with the Ministry of Finance to swiftly resolve all outstanding obligations/commitments to the Colleges of Education.

The public is further assured of our commitment to address disruptions within the food supply chain ahead of the November 7th ultimatum”, Kwarteng said in a Facebook post.


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