Education at the Senior High School (SHS) level always left students with lots of memories.
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There were specified periods for specific activities such as meals and studies.
In the dining hall, boarding students were served with various meals.
How many of these meals did you enjoy?
How many of them did you detest?
1. Kenkey and fish
Kenkey and fish is present in the boarding hall meals of several Senior High Schools.
More often than not, the kenkey is as hard as a rock.
The fish could make you lose your appetite.
The least said about the pepper, the better.
We always craved for kenkey and fish that looked like this:
2. Rice and kontomire
The rice was usually alright to eat.
The challenge was with the cocoyam leaves (locally referred to as kontomire).
There was something about it that made students miss their mothers’ cooking.
The rice and kontomire we wanted had to look like this:
3. Beans & Gari
Popularly referred to as ‘Gobe’, it was one of the favourite meals of students.
The pieces of ripe plantain that came with it usually made students sad.
There was usually an issue with its quantity, or quality, or both.
Beans and gari would have tasted a lot better if it looked like this:
4. Rice & Groundnut soup
Popularly called ‘Gas’, this meal was one students detested with passion.
Nothing could make them enjoy it. Till today, it has never been one students look forward to.
Did you ever enjoy rice and groundnut soup that looked like this?
The Waakye was usually great, but that is where it all ended.
Other additions such as the ‘shito’, ‘gari’ and ‘macaroni’ were present in ‘questionable’ quantities. In some institutions, students ate this meal without fish or meat.
The Waakye we dreamed of looked like this:
Then there was tea, usually with bread.
In some institutions, eggs were provided in addition to the bread.
The quality of the tea was an issue students could do little about.
Didn't you yearn for tea and bread like this?
Porridge provided at the SHS level has similar characteristics as the tea.
Our mothers could prepare better ones for us, and that was unquestionable.
Good-tasting porridge could have come in this form: