The Western Regional Minister Dr. Kobby Otchere Darkoh Mensah and the District Chief Executive for Ellembelle Kwasi Bonzoh on Thursday dined with the students of the Bonzoh Kaku Senior High School.
This was during a tour of the Ellembelle District.
“We wanted to check the quality and kind of food served our students enjoying the Free Senior High School program. As they say, he who feels it, knows it, so we had to taste it ourselves and know it”. Mr. Bonzoh said in an interview.
All students under the Free Senior High School are fed three times a day by the government. While some critics doubted the government’s capacity for such move, others have questioned the quality of food served the students under the program.
“I am a fan of Rice and Beans stew you know, but what I enjoyed with the students is good honestly. Good nutrition for good quality education. I also asked of the quantities and the students said they were of good quantity to them. The school knew I was visiting, but they didn’t know I was going to taste their dinning meal. As you saw, I finished the plate of food I requested”. Western Regional Minister Dr. Otchere Darko Mensah stated
Free SHS is a game changer
The minister said the Free SHS policy that the program has been a success, serving as a “game changer” in Ghana’s secondary educational system.
He said the program which has seen some additional 181,000 students is the dream of progressive governments who have it’s country’s future at heart.
“The 181,000 additional students population is bigger than the whole population of the Seychelles Island. Imagine the type of literate society we will have in this country after 10 years. Free SHS is the number one game changer for this country and its benefit will go a long way to help this country” Dr. Otchere Darko Mensah explained.
Residential accommodation for teachers will be provided soon
Meanwhile, the District Chief Executive for Ellembelle Kwasi Bonzoh assured the Headteacher of the Bonzoh Kaku SHS that he is working to address pressing challengea confronting the school.
The school with a boarding population of over 400 students has only four residential teachers in the school taking care of the students due to lack of accommodation for teachers.
” How do we expect only four teachers on campus to handle all these students? We will work at providing them with residential facilities for teachers. This is an assurance we are giving them”. Mr. Bonzoh assured