Sec­ondary school pupils to start get­ting meals

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo Chron­i­cle Re­porter

SEC­ONDARY school pupils will start re­ceiv­ing meals at their learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions after the gov­ern­ment se­cured spon­sor­ship.

Speak­ing at a pre-bud­get sem­i­nar in Bulawayo last week the Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Lazarus Dokora said he had signed four mem­o­randa of un­der­stand­ing with in­ter­ested part­ners to im­prove the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

He said only pupils at the in­fant level were ben­e­fit­ting from the feed­ing pro­gramme.

“The pro­gramme will be ex­tended to ju­nior school next year and to sec­ondary schools later as planned. How­ever, it looks like we will ex­tend the pro­gramme to other lev­els ear­lier since our part­ners are will­ing to fund many projects that will avail food for pupils.”

“About 96 per­cent of our bud­get al­lo­ca­tion went to­wards salaries and we were left with lim­ited re­sources to run the min­istry. How­ever, we have signed up some part­ners who are will­ing to help us im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor,” said Dr Dokora.

“They have shown in­ter­est in drilling bore­holes in our schools, set­ting up so­lar sys­tems and help­ing our chil­dren in hor­ti­cul­ture projects. At this rate we are con­fi­dent that soon we will ex­tend the school feed­ing scheme to sec­ondary school pupils.”

Min­is­ter Dokora said his min­istry needed about 8 500 ad­di­tional work­ers for the smooth op­er­a­tions.

“We hope that we will get more money so that we fill that gap which af­fects our op­er­a­tions. So far we have con­ducted work­shops and trained about 70 000 teach­ers on the new cur­ricu­lum whose im­ple­men­ta­tion will bring about many changes.”

He also em­pha­sised that schools must not send away chil­dren for non-pay­ment of fees.

Cabi­net ap­proved a $200 mil­lion na­tional schools feed­ing scheme to en­sure food se­cu­rity fol­low­ing the El Nino-in­duced drought. — @thamamoe

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