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Shortage of food ruins school feeding in Anambra

Shortage of food ruins school feeding in Anambra

Pupils in public schools in Anambra State have continued to suffer shortage of food in the on-going school feeding programme by the federal government.

Daily Trust gathered that the exercise was exclusively for pupils in primary one to three in the state who are daily fed with different kinds of food, ranging from rice and fish, yam porridge, beans and ripped plantain, okpa, moi-moi, among others.

According to the headmistress of Nkwelle Primary School, Mrs Caroline Onyekonwu, the quantity of food supplied to the school each day were grossly inadequate for the pupils.

“A total of hundred and ten pieces of moi-moi are supplied against one hundred and Forty-three pupils” she said.

A teacher at the Udodinma Basic Primary School Okpuno, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said only one caterer was given to the school since inception, which, she said makes it difficult for all the pupils to be fed in a day. 

“Only one class feeds in a day while others wait for their turn which will be the next day or the day after”, she said.

The Headmistress of Amaenyi Community Basic Primary School, Mrs Eunice Okoli, however said the programme is yielding positive result in her school.

Reacting, the State Programme Manager, Mrs Ngozi Obidike, attributed the situation to increase in number of new intakes.

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