Deputy director of the Institute for Education Studies, Patrick Danquah has opined that government should make data-driven decisions to help eradicate the problem of food shortages in Senior High Schools (SHSs).
The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) earlier last week lamented the inability of the National Food Buffer Stock Company to supply food items to SHSs across the country.
CHASS stated the shortages were constraining academic work across the country and making it nearly impossible to keep second-cycle schools open.
Speaking to UniversNews, Patrick Danquah revealed that data-driven decisions would help the government plan well to effectively provide food to seniors in high schools.
“If the kids are not well nourished how do they learn? It is very basic. We need to make data driven decisions. We need to find out how much of feed that needs to get to the children, how much do we give to them and use that to plan well been cause we keep having pocket sets of issues when it comes to their feeding so we need to make data driven decision making so they’ll be able to use data to analyze the actual capacity or the actual extent of the problem.”
Patrick Danquah further called for the involvement of parents in decisions regarding school feeding in senior high schools.
“And also involve the parents. Because running of a school, it is not just the school support system we have to include the parents, so that whenever we find issues, we see how the parents can also support.”
Story by: Kuuku Osei-Baidoo | univers.ug.edu.gh