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Does In-School Feeding Program Have Effect on Enrolment and Academic Performance? The Case of Public Primary Schools in Northern Ghana.

Abstract

The study used a district-level data from 2008-2012 to examine the effect of school feeding program on enrolment and academic performance of pupils in food insecure district of Garu-Tempane, Upper East Region. A quasi-experimental design was used to select 360 pupils from participating and non-participating public primary school pupils. Results show that the feeding program succeeded in increasing gross enrolment rate by almost a quarter (24%) in participating schools. However, the enrolment rate in non-participating schools plummeted to as low as 7%.In terms of academic performance, participating pupils performed better in core subjects of English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science than non-participating pupils.

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