With over 217 schools involved in the Ministry of Education’s breakfast programme, some 10,300 students are currently being provided with their first meal before classroom activities begin.
At the launch of the Breakfast Programme at the West Ruimveldt Primary School on Thursday, Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry, Alfred King, said this initiative ensures that children are at their optimal to perform well academically.
These efforts would enable breakfast for all Grade Six students. This means no child would be hungry when classes commence.
“We thought that we should go nationally to ensure that all Grade Six learners are involved in the school feeding programme. Once they get into the classroom, they stay there, they are happy, and they do well. That’s our intention. To date, we have more than 10,300 learners on this programme, which is tremendous,” King expressed.
By the ending of October, the Ministry is aiming to extend its reach to about 500 more students. Through this initiative, students benefit from a nutritious meal before they commence classroom activities. It is proven that learning and retention increases when children start the day with a meal.
Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary) Rabindra Singh has said this programme would ensure children come to school every day, and it eases the burden on parents to prepare an early meal. However, he said children would have to be in school 30 minutes before classroom activities begin, so that curriculum delivery is not affected.