Gov't to announce revamped meal programme for early-childhood students
Approximately 200,000 students in the early childhood age group are to receive free or subsidised breakfast and lunch in the new school year under the government’s revamped school feeding programme.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is expected to make the announcement in a national back-to-school broadcast to be aired tomorrow evening.
As part of the revamped school feeding programme, some schools will begin serving pre-packaged meals prepared by Nutrition Products Limited using domestic agricultural produce.
The Education Ministry says the decision to expand the programme to cover all beneficiaries under the Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) and other vulnerable children follows a research that was undertaken last year.
According to the ministry, the research shows that a significant number of early childhood students were showing up for school hungry.
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