Five schools in the Ashanti Region have benefited from a modern kitchen each, to help expand and improve on the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) in the beneficiary schools.

The schools are Nasurudeen Primary at Asawasi, Buokrom M/A Primary in the Manhyia Sub-Metro, Kronum M/A Primary in the Suame Sub-Metro, Tanoso Anglican Primary in the Kwaadaso Sub-Metro and the Dompoase M/A Primary in the Asokwa Sub-Metro area.

The projects, which were funded by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), on pilot basis, sought to encourage and increase enrolment of schoolchildren at the basic level and help reduce the hardship faced by parents in the most deprived communities in the country.

At the inaugural ceremony of the facilities at the Nasurudeen Primary School, the National Co-ordinator of the GSFP, Alhaji Seidu Adamu, said the Feeding Programme was a demonstration of the government’s commitment to improve on education, especially in the deprived communities, and to ensure that the children had at least one good meal a day.

Over the years, he said, the government had improved and expanded facilities at a number of deprived schools, which had also ensured effective teaching and learning.

He, therefore, disabused the perception of the public that the GSFP was collapsing and called on School Management Committees and stakeholders to support the government’s initiative towards improving education in the country.

He said the government sought to focus its GSFP on the three regions of northern Ghana, and the Central Region, where poverty is very high.

He commended the KMA for its efforts at promoting the project to improve education in the metropolis.

The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Samuel Sarpong, said the modern school kitchen facilities would ensure good hygienic preparation of the food, timely delivery and proper monitoring and also help avoid shortage of food for the children.

He said the assembly was putting in place measures for the construction of dining halls for the facilities to boost the implementation of the GSFP.

Mr Sarpong advised caterers under the GSFP not to make unnecessary profit their objective for cooking for children under the GSFP.