An unusual protest erupted this week at a girls-only boarding school in Ghana’s Upper East Region over the quality and quantity of meals students were served.
Situated at Navrongo in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality, the usually quiet Our Ladies of Lourdes Girls Senior High School was not known for any protests until Monday, May 22, 2023.
A video shows the girls holding empty bowls on the school’s compound while chorusing repeatedly, “We want food!”
“The girls are very calm and disciplined. It is a disciplined school. So, if there is a reason for the girls to cry and to make noise, then, it means there is an issue.
“I was on the campus on the 14th (of May, 2023) on a school visit. Interacting with the students as I usually do on such occasions, they complained about the food situation, the quality and that it’s inadequate,” the chairman of the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), Jonathan Balobah, told Media Without Borders.
He added: “But everything concerning academic work is going on well. The PTA is mourning. We lost our treasurer; we’ll be burying her this week.”
Efforts made by Media Without Borders to reach the headmistress of the school and the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) on the development yielded no results before press time.
The protest comes days after Media Without Borders published a video of students served maggot-infested food at the Community Health Nursing Training College (CHNTC) in the same municipality.
Watch a video of the campus protest below:
Source: Media Without Borders/mwbonline.org