School feeding programme to be expanded

In 2016, the school feeding programme would be expanded to cover 3,000,000 pupils nationwide and to facilitate transparency and accountability in the management of funds.

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To this effect a comprehensive, financial and performance audit would be conducted in addition to the institution of an electronic payment system to contractors.

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection which has oversight responsibility over the programme has submitted a national school feeding policy to Cabinet for consideration.

Mr Seth Terkper, Minister of Finance, made this known when he presented the 2016 Fiscal Budget and Economic Policy to Parliament on the theme: “Consolidating Progress towards a Brighter Medium Term” in Accra on Friday.

He said the programme is currently providing one hot and adequately nutritious meal to 1,693,698 pupils in 4,881 schools per each school day.

The programme provides ready market to farmers and jobs to about 20,000 caterers and cooks nationwide.

The Finance Minister said for the implementation of the above programmes and activities, an amount of GH₵ 49,520,377.00 has been allocated. Out of this, GH₵20,956,956.00 is from Government, GH₵ 54,737.00 from Internally Generated Funds and GH₵ 28,508,684.00, from Development Partners.


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