Over 31 primary schools start feeding programme
By Rose Keji Benjamin
At least 31 Government Primary Schools in Jubek State have started receiving food for school feeding programme, the Jubek state director for education at Jubek State Ministry of Education said yesterday.
The programme initiated by Jubek State Government in collaboration with World Food Programme came following a serious hunger that has affected most the counties in the State.
Speaking to Juba Monitor, Director General at the State Ministry of Education and Social Welfare, Daniel Swaka said that the distribution has started last week to some of the schools especially those outside Juba town such as Rejaf County.
“The World food programme has agreed to start school feeding programme to pupils in at least thirty one Primary Schools in the State and this is a very good programme because it will encourage some of the children who do not want to go to schools to attend schools,” said Swaka.
“This feeding programme is to avoid the early going of pupils back home due to hunger that led to missing of classes in afternoon hours,” he added.
According to Swaka, some of the schools rejected the feeding programme for fear of being robbed due to the poor security situation.
“This food items will go direct to the stores of the schools and it will be measured daily for cooking depending on the number of the pupils registered in a particular school,” he said.
Swaka appealed to other None Governmental Organizations to emulate World Food Programme in order for other children who are still at home due to lack food to report to start attending schools.
He also said teachers should not stop teaching due to the delays of salaries in Jubek State, saying it is not only Jubek State but the whole of South Sudan.
Swaka said teachers should not be discouraged but be encouraged to continue with teaching in order to change the country through education.
He said Teachers’ Union is still discussing with administration of the State the demand by teachers for increase of their salaries.