Educational authorities unable to distribute ‘over-sized’ free sandals to school children

Educational authorities are unable to distribute some of the free sandals for deprived basic school pupils because the sizes are meant for adults.

According to the Director of Education of the Ada East District, A D. Akuffo, the district was given 1,000 pairs of sandals for distribution but only seven hundred could fit the sizes of children in the area.

The remaining 300 are being kept in a warehouse because they were big sizes and did not fit the sizes of the children.

“Those are big sizes and could not fit the sizes of any of the children in the district,” he told Joy News Manasseh.

In June 2015, President John Dramani Mahama led the distribution of about 10,000 sandals to basic school pupils in fulfillment of a promise he made during the 2015 State of the Nation Address in February.

According to Joy News’ Manasseh Awuni Azure, 9,000 pairs of the sandals were returned to Accra after the launch.

Critics of the government raised concerns about the insignificant number of the sandals.

Interestingly, out of the five hundred students of the Ada Foah Methodist Basic School where the project was launched, only three got the locally made sandals.

The sandals were given to Members of Parliament to distribute in their constituencies, Joy News sources say.

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