Seven Hundred and thirty thousand (730,000) final year Junior High School (JHS) students and staff in both public and private schools across the country will from Monday, August 24 to September 18 enjoy one hot meal daily from the Ministry of Gender and Children Protection.
Out of the number, five hundred and eighty-four thousand (584,000) are final year JHS students, while the remaining one hundred and forty-six thousand (146,000) are staff members.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who announced the package at his 15th Covid-19 update to the country said his office had received reports that JHS students across the country were going hungry in their quest to comply with COVID-19 protocols hence the one hot meal a day to mitigate the impact of the development.
“I have just instructed the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection to begin preparations to ensure that, as from 24th August up to 18th September, all five hundred and eighty-four thousand (584,000) final year JHS students, and one hundred and forty-six thousand (146,000) staff, both in public and private schools, be given one hot meal a day. This is to ensure full observance of the COVID-19 safety protocols,” he said
Reopening of Junior High Schools
Junior High Schools across the country opened partially on June 29, 2020, to enable final year students to prepare and sit for the Basic Certificate Examination (BECE) after three months of closure due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The pupils and their staff were to spend six weeks in preparation before writing the exams.