Gov't Issues Guidelines on Compulsory Feeding Program

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Patrick Zziwa, the Bukomansimbi District Education Officer, says government has tackled some of the most pertinent issues that have been affecting the pursuit of quality education, saying once implemented fully the new policies will change performance of pupils especially in rural schools.

Compulsory provision of lunch to pupils in schools across the country is scheduled to start next term.
 

Dr. Tonny Mukasa Lusambu, the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Primary Education in the Education Ministry, says they have already dispatched circulars all Chief Administration Officers, District Education officers and Resident Commissioners across the country informing them about the compulsory feeding program.
 

 
Speaking at the launch of the 'safer School, better reading' program in Greater Masaka district on Tuesday, Lusambu explained that the Ministry has observed that the lack of a uniform policy feeding learners at school is impacting negatively on literacy achievement and retention in many schools.
 
 
According to Lusambu, the circular instructs head teachers to agree with their respective School Management Committees on affordable modalities of ensuring that all learners feed at school.
 
 
He says the Ministry has instructed local authorities to ensure total compliance by all parents for purposes of securing a better learning environment for their children towards a better future.
 
 
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He also disclosed that starting next year; the Education Ministry will top up Shillings 2000 on the capitation grants to cater for sanitary pads for female pupils.
 
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Geri Burkholder, the United States Agency for International Development-USAID, Chief of Party on Uganda Literacy and Retention Activity, describes the new policies as landmarks towards realizing quality learning in the country. He calls on all stakeholders to support the initiative.
 
 
Patrick Zziwa, the Bukomansimbi District Education Officer, says government has tackled some of the most pertinent issues that have been affecting the pursuit of quality education, saying once implemented fully the new policies will change performance of pupils especially in rural schools.



He said that some of the schools had already started the feeding program, but there was no official policy.

 

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