Schools feed­ing now a per­ma­nent fea­ture

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Takudzwa Matam­bura Harare Bureau

PRI­MARY and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Lazarus Dokora has said the schools feed­ing scheme is now a per­ma­nent fea­ture to en­able pupils from poor fam­i­lies to con­cen­trate on their lessons.

Gov­ern­ment ini­ti­ated the feed­ing scheme in schools af­ter poor rains af­fected har­vests in the past farm­ing sea­son.

Pupils were re­port­edly drop­ping out of school be­cause of hunger es­pe­cially in ar­eas that were hard hit by drought.

Dr Dokora made the an­nounce­ment last Fri­day while open­ing a new sci­ence lab­o­ra­tory at Johanne Ma­sowe Vadzidzi VaJesu Church Mis­sion in Shamva, Mashona­land East Prov­ince.

“The feed­ing pro­gramme we in­tro­duced is not only be­cause we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing drought through­out the coun­try, but this is be­com­ing a per­ma­nent thing in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem of Zim­babwe. This is not go­ing to stop,” he said.

Dr Dokora said the feed­back the min­istry was get­ting from par­ents was en­cour­ag­ing as it showed the feed­ing scheme had im­proved per­for­mance by pupils.

He said par­ents had pledged to sup­port the pro­gramme.

“Par­ents are tes­ti­fy­ing pos­i­tively on the feed­ing pro­gramme say­ing chil­dren were at­tend­ing school as they are well fed and learn with a fresh mind,” said Dr Dokora.

He chal­lenged schools to in­vest in agri­cul­tural projects to as­sist in feed­ing pupils.

“I urge school au­thor­i­ties to of­fer agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties at schools. At least 20 per­cent of the pro­duce should be added to the feed­ing scheme and ben­e­fit the pupils,” he said.

The Min­is­ter also urged schools to dig ponds and en­gage in fish farm­ing.

He said this would help pro­vide a bal­anced diet for chil­dren.

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