All sporting activities and cultural activities at the school, District, Regional and National levels have been suspended with immediate effect until further notice, the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has said.
Citing food shortage in Senior High Schools, the leadership of the Conference in a statement copied to AcademicWeek said there is no money to carry or continue the ‘ongoing’ District, Regional and National sporting activities.
“We consider it a health hazard to compel students to partake in these activities on hungry stomachs fearing that they may collapse during the activity,” the Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools stated in the press release.
Aside from suspension of the sporting activities, CHASS has also said Senior High School students currently in school will be compelled to feed themselves if sufficient money and food are not received in schools by Friday, July 15.
It said local Food suppliers contracted by the Buffer Stock Company and local food suppliers are refusing to supply due to non-payment of outstanding monies owed for food supplied to various government secondary schools.
“This has led to serious food shortages in all schools in the region. In fact assessment of the situation indicated that most Senior High Schools (SHS) cannot go beyond one week if nothing urgent is done about it
All schools will feed students with only whatever is available in the school food stores and students will be asked to bring their own sugar and other items to the dining hall,” the Upper West Regional CHASS stated in a statement.
It added “if sufficient money and food are not received in the schools by Friday, July 15, 2022. We will be compelled to tell parents to either feed their wards or come for them since it will be impossible to continue to feed them.”
According to the Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools, students preparing to write their final examination (WASSCE) amid the food shortage will also be compelled to feed themselves or come from home to write the examination.
Amid the lack of funds, the leadership of CHASS has directed all workshops and other activities which may involve the payment of money to be suspended since it’s becoming impossible for schools to pay for these activities.