The Binduri Community Day Senior High School in the Upper East Region has been shut down following protest by students over lack of food.
On Tuesday, July 11, 2023, some agitated students boycotted classes to protest and express their displeasure about the inability of the school’s administration to provide them with the one hot meal daily for some time now.
Sources within the school told Graphic Online’s Gilbert Mawuli Agbey that since May 29, 2023, the caterer stationed in the school had not been able to cook for the students, leaving the students to their fate.
The caterer is said to have abandoned her duty in the school, citing non-payment of arrears owed her by the government, a development which had virtually made it impossible for her to continue to cook for the students.
As a result, some of the students abandoned classes with the reason that they could not come to school to study on an empty stomach.
Speaking during the protest against the happenings in the school, some of the students said they were suffering as they had been denied their daily food for more than a month now, saying “what is very worrying is that due to the shortage of food, we have been compelled to eat one kind of food throughout the whole week”.
“ it is very sad that we are sometimes forced to eat Banku and okro stew throughout the whole week”.
The students called on the ministry of education and the government to take immediate steps to address the issue to pave the way for the caterer’s return.
A first year female student called on the government to provide them with their school uniforms and other attires since it was long overdue, saying “ we also demand the construction of a place of convenience since we can no longer attend to nature’s call in bushes around the school”.
The Binduri District Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), John Doka Jaggery, who visited the school in the course of the protest, said although the protest was intended to register their concerns, it was important for them to calm down as it would be addressed.
Subsequently, he asked the students to stay home until the issues they had raised before they will be called to return to school, stressing “ if you are not ready to go back to the classroom to continue with academic work, then remain home until you are informed come back to school”.
“I wish to assure you that the directorate will meet the management of the school and the caterer to resolve the issue to pave the way for the reopening of the school hopefully by Monday July 17, 2023”.
Meanwhile, the final year students are currently in school writing their mock examination in preparation towards this year’s West Africa Senior Secondary Certification Examination (WASSCE).
Speaking during the protest, some of the students said they have been denied their daily food for more than a month now.