Government to increase grant for School Feeding Programme in 2023

Government to increase grant for School Feeding Programme in 2023

Government is set to increase the feeding grant for pupils under the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GFSP) in 2023.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta disclosed this on Thursday whereas presenting the budget in Parliament.

He said the choice is to mirror the present increase in the cost of residing.

“In 2023, the feeding grant will be increased to reflect the current cost of living. The programme will also strengthen domestic production by sourcing locally produced food from the National Buffer Stock company,” the Minister said.

The present feeding grant for the caterers is ¢0.97 per baby. The caterers have for some months now demanded an increase to ¢3 per baby however the government is but to heed their demand.

A complete of three,448,065 pupils in public primary schools currently profit from the School feeding programme.

The caterers earlier this year withdrew their services, demanding cost of about GH¢234 million in third-term arrears for the 2021 tutorial year. 

In addition, they demanded an increase in the feeding grant for pupils.

In March 2022, Cecilia Abena Dapaah who was then the Caretaker Minister for the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection introduced the suspension of growth of the Programme to enable money owed owed to caterers to be cleared.

“Mr. Speaker, currently the expansion of the programme is on hold. However, we are clearing all arrears of caterers and putting in measures to ensure effective and efficient service delivery to all beneficiary schools and the caterers.

“We are also putting in place a management information system to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the system. We shall surely inform this august House when we are ready to expand the programme to cover additional schools,” she said.

Subsequently, in June, Cecilia Abena Dapaah introduced that arrears owed to school feeding caterers have been paid.

She said this throughout a go to to some public schools in the Ashanti Region.

“We are here to make sure, we monitor the quality of food being prepared for the school children. We came here to also talk to the teachers and also the children themselves so that the story will be complete. 

“We needed to find out for ourselves if they are actually cooking what they claim to be doing. 

“We owed 68 days, we have paid all. The payment has been done,” she said. 

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