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900 tonnes of mealie meal availed for school feeding programmes

Story by Tichaona Kurewa

GOVERNMENT says over 900 tonnes of mealie meal have been availed for school feeding programmes in primary to secondary schools in line with the School Meals Coalition (SMC).

Zimbabwe is a signatory to the SMC and this initiative is part of efforts to fulfil the dictates of the coalition.

Launched in 2021 at a UN Food Systems Summit, SMC drives actions to urgently improve and scale up school meal programmes to ensure that every child has the opportunity to receive a healthy and nutritious meal in school by 2030.

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Honourable Torerayi Moyo told delegates at the National Association Secondary Heads (NASH) 2024 conference in Victoria Falls this Thursday that the programme to be rolled out this month will cover both urban and rural schools.

“I am happy to announce that, President Mnangagwa has provided more than 900 tonnes to feed learners from ECD to form 6. They will provide one hot meal a day as a way of motivating learners to attend classes so that they don’t have the challenge of dropping out of school.

“Zimbabwe is a signatory of the Schools Meals Coalition and it is mandatory for the government to provide one hot meal per child, and we are grateful to the President for providing mealie meal, and in the next two weeks we will see schools, especially in the rural areas and high-density suburbs receiving food,” said Honourable Moyo.

Meanwhile, the government says parents and guardians should not neglect their obligation to pay school fees and levies for the smooth running of schools.

“The clarion call is for parents and guardians to pay school fees for their children and we are saying school fees and levies must be paid on time so that we don’t delay operations in the schools. If parents and guardians fail to pay school fees in time it means school operations will be affected negatively,” added the Minister.

According to the education minister, the government is pulling all stops to create a conducive environment at schools including recruiting more teachers.

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