Education Minister Lee Ocran has created a political jab out of a statement by head teachers who say the feeding fee being charged is insufficient and could affect the quality of food given to students.
He asked "if Gh˘1.80 is insufficient and could lead to poor quality of food to students, then what will the quality be like if it is free as the NPP is proposing under its free SHS policy?"
The Minister instructed the school heads to desist from charging Gh˘2.50 as feeding fee and revert to the approved rate of Gh˘1.80.
But the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) say the Gh˘1.80 is woefully inadequate for food of acceptable quality of food.
In an interview with Joy News’ Evans Mensah, the Education Minister chuckled when asked about the concerns of the head teachers.
“I see, that is very interesting,” he said. “You know some people don’t want to pay at all. This one, they are paying and the headmasters are complaining that what they are paying will affect the quality of meal. If it were free, what will the quality be like?”
The Minister said it is time for heads of second cycle institutions to speak out against the NPP’s free SHS promise if they think that it will compromise the quality of education.
“This is the time for them to talk. There is no reason coming to my office to talk,” he charged.
Asked if he was referring to the NPP’s free SHS policy the minister said: “Yes. That is what is happening. People are paying and yet they are complaining about the quality of meals. What happens if you don’t pay at all? Because after all we are paying subsidies to supplement what they are paying."
The Minister objected to the suggestion that he is politicizing the feeding fee policy.