The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) have applauded the ruling NPP government for their commitment to education.
In a recent meeting between NUGS and the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo they described the NPP’s performance in education as ‘tremendous’.
“Your government has been tremendous when it comes to senior high school and tertiary support,” NUGS President Dennis Appiah Larbi-Ampofo said.
Whilst applauding government for their tremendous work to increase enrolment and affordability of education, NUGS called for more investment into infrastructure to match the new numbers of students.
“We still have a critical issue in rural areas and that is basic school infrastructure. Mr. President, on behalf of the people across the corners and quarters of this country, we are begging you that, going forward, if it is possible, which I know it is possible, we should prioritize basic school infrastructure”, Mr Larbi-Ampofo said.
The President for his part, described the request as a step in the right direction and that they will work on addressing it.
“I think that the emphasis that you are placing on the need for us to prioritise basic school infrastructure is good. All those who are involved in the thinking and practice of educational policy will always tell you that the critical work is done at the basic level”, he said.
The NUGS leadership also raised issues with the School Feeding Program and its lack of funding.
“Young people who benefit from the school feeding programme are complaining and the complaint is very simple; that the amount of money earmarked for the school feeding programme is woefully inadequate.
“My last checks clearly reveal that it is less than a cedi. It takes a magician to feed anybody in this country with less than a cedi. We are begging you and your good office to look at it and it must be quick”, he appealed.