The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Samuel Nuertey Ayertey has charged chiefs, opinion leaders and parents in the region to ensure that no child of school going age is denied access to basic education. He said education must be the topmost priority of every parent in the region. According to him, there was no excuse whatsoever for any parent or guardian to keep any child out of school especially those who hide behind poverty. Speaking in an exclusive interview with WatchGhana.Com at a two day training of trainers workshop organized by the Ghana School Feeding Programme at Koforidua, Mr. Nuertey Ayertey emphasized that the Government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made adequate provisions to make basic and secondary education more accessible and affordable than the cheapest commodity on the market. “The educational interventions of the government provides no excuse for anyone but only put parents under the obligation of bathing their children and preparing them for any public school of their choice to study for free”. Mr. Nuertey Ayertey said that he and his boss, the Eastern Regional Minister, Hon. Eric Kwakye Darfour working in line with the ruling Government’s vision of providing education for all Ghanaian children without any tribal, religious or political considerations, had not lost focus in reminding the people in the region to support the Government’s vision. He therefore challenged the people in the region to take advantage of the free educational policies, feeding grants and school feeding among others and educate their children to become responsible and useful citizens of this country and the region in particular. The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister said that the Ghana School Feeding Programme had not come to only feed pupils in the beneficiary schools but has also lessened the financial burden on parents, reduced malnutrition and ensured school retention among deprived children. Mr. Nuertey Ayertey strongly appealed to all caterers of the school feeding programme in the region not to see the programme as just a business venture to only make profits, but rather as an investment in the development of children who are the future leaders of this country. Meanwhile, the Ghana School Feeding Programme is benefiting close to 2.9 million children in 9,495 schools representing 62% coverage of deprived schools in Ghana.