Investigations at various markets in Accra have revealed the presence of ready-made Chinese-made school uniforms for JHS pupils. It has also been detected that traders do not display the Chinese shirts but produce them on demand, perhaps to avoid nosy media.
One of the readymade shirts bought by the Public Agenda had a label “JSS/Primary School” sewn on the collar of the shirt with inside label reading “65% polyester, 36% cotton. The manufacturer of this brand of shirt is named as “Hecho en China’ which was boldly written on the label. They only display the locally made ones and only produce them upon request by customers.
The uniforms folded with cardboard inside them were selling at GH¢7 and those folded ordinary without cardboard are going for GH¢6. The General Secretary of the Ghana Federation of Labour (GFL), Mr. Abraham Koomson, stated they are getting more worried because as at now, no orders have been placed for production by local textile companies. In fact the importation of ready made uniform from China means Ghanaian tailors will lose out of the expected income from the scheme. “If this is happening after the President’s intervention, then it is bad. It seems there are people in the system who are doing everything possible to undermine government’s effort in helping to revive the local manufacturing industry.”
Source: Public Agenda
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