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Govt orders compulsory school feeding

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By Stephen Otage

Posted  Saturday, March 15   2014 at  02:00
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Kampala.

Government has directed parents to start feeding, clothing and transporting their children to school.
State minister for primary education Kamanda Bataringaya said the government directive is an enforcement of the 2008 Education Act.

Mr Bataringaya made the announcement on Friday while awarding winners of the concluded school feeding promotion dubbed Blue Band Schools Puzzle Challenge, at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
He said government has realised that sending children to school without food affects their learning capability.
“For urban schools where the parents are wealthy, we have asked them to contribute money towards feeding and in rural schools, we are telling the parents to collect food and cook for the children,” the minister said.
He warned organisers of corporate social events in schools against focusing only on urban schools yet there are more poor schools upcountry which need such support.

“Look at the Daily Monitor, they have children they are giving scholarships but they choose the most needy. You have given Kitante Primary School a new school bus yet the parents are wealthy,” Mr Bataringaya observed.
Unilever Marketing Manager Diana Nabukenya said the three-month campaign covered 800 schools and feedback from government agencies show the need to scale up such campaigns.

The Black Monday Movement, a civil society pressure group, recently launched a nationwide call for school feeding. The architect of the campaign, Bishop Zac Niringiye, said many children stay at school the whole day without food, which affects their learning and health.

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