The Acting Minister of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, says the 68-day arrears due to school caterers have been paid.
School caterers across the country have over the past month withdrawn their services, demanding payment of approximately GHC 234 million in arrears from the third term of the 2021 school year.
The Acting Sector Minister, visiting some schools in the Ashanti region, revealed that the outstanding amounts had been settled.
Over the past few months, school caterers across the country have been laying down their tools to demand that the government pay their arrears from the third quarter of 2021.
They also asked for an increase in the student food grant.
The caterers have threatened to terminate their contracts with the government, after months of late payment of sums owed by the government.
But the government revealed that it had cleared the arrears.
During a visit to some public schools in the Ashanti region, Ms. Dapaah, said caterers have been paid.
“We are here to make sure, we monitor the quality of food prepared for school children. We came here to speak also to the teachers and also to the children themselves so that the history is complete.
“We had to find out for ourselves if they were actually cooking what they claimed to be doing.
“We owed 68 days, we paid for everything. Payment has been made,” she said.