The National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) has in a press statement noted that efforts are underway to tackle challenges of food supply to various schools across the nation.
NAFCO has expressed assurance that these challenges will be resolved immediately to prevent the closure of schools in the country.
“We wish to acknowledge that there have been genuine challenges relating to the supply of some specific food commodities and wish to assure that frantic efforts have been underway to address the concerns raised, particularly in ensuring adequate and regular supply of food to the schools. It is our fervent hope that the challenges will be resolved in a timeous manner in order to avert any potential closure of our schools.”
Teacher unions had petitioned the government and educational stakeholders to make sure that there is timely supply of food items to various Senior High Schools.
The unions, in a different statement complained that they had not received any funds from the Education Ministry to run various schools.
“The situation at the SHSs is critical and has brought the SHSs on their knees owing to the delays in releasing the GOG funds, non-supply of food items by the Buffer Stock Company and compounded by the early reporting at school at the beginning of each term, compared to the period preceding the Free SHS, now students no longer have to wait for school fees to be provided them before reporting to school,” portions of the statement said.
Apart from the several challenges with food supply, the various stakeholders in the educational sector have also raised concerns over other challenges including the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).