Kirti Patel, Lautoka
I refer to the letter (FT16/07) on free milk and wish to let this letter writer know that it is a parent’s right to raise concerns should they feel difficulty in purchasing the same kind of milk that is given to them in school. Some children can be very demanding and they simply would not settle for anything else.
Depending on the different types of scenarios, different approach and methods are being used to curb this kind of issues by parents. There are many children who have proper breakfast in the morning thus, the free milk would not be digested well in the time not suitable for their intake. I believe every household should be able to afford milk and I know there are many who can. We’ve got free education already. To some extent, I agree that it is not fair for other children who are probably having a good intake of milk in school but coming from that particular parent to stop it in schools is a bit out of line. Maybe, this particular parent could seek the ministry’s help to curb their issue. They can be supplied with that milk at their home as well.
Well if the ministry can help in schools, they can help in this kind of situation as well after studying the whole scenario of that family. While on that, there are many parents who have raised concerns on things like wrist bands being sold in schools especially in primary schools and little children getting tempted to buy this. They end up using their money on such kinds of things and the parents only come to know when they meet their kids. This practice is normally done during certain types of programmes being organised in schools. We all know that no sort of fundraising is allowed in schools. Well the bottom line is where the finance is concerned. One way or another, the eyebrow is raised. Since the ministry has taken initiative for the free milk, they will surely find ways to help settle this mater as well. Let’s hope for the best.