The Eastern Regional Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has said it will have no option but to recommend the closing down of schools due to the current food shortage if situations are not normalised by Friday, 15 June 2022.
The Eastern Regional CHASS is also considering proposing to parents to provide meals for their wards to enable the schools to keep running until the situation is remedied.
A statement issued by the Eastern Regional branch of CHASS revealed that there has been food shortage over the past two years and struggles with reduced weight of supplied food items.
It noted that: “Suppliers of food items for some time now have been supplying underweight items to the schools. An example is 100 kg of Maize has been reduced to 50 kg or 60 kg.”
It further revealed there have been arrears in schools due to erratic release of funds.
“Since 2021, funds meant for recurrent [expenses], have been released once. By extension, recurrent funds are in arrears since 2021 and 6 months into 2022,” the statement said.
It added considering “recommending to GES Management to as a matter of urgency get in touch with Parents to either feed their wards or pick them home until all the situation is normalised.”