MAT SOUTH BUREAU
GWANDA - Gwanda Rural District Council is not happy that it's only ECD pupils that are benefitting from Government's feeding programmes in the schools.
The councillors told Gwanda District Administrator (DA) Judge Dube that it was not fair to discriminate children when it comes to feeding programmes because these children come from the same community and homes where there are shortages of food.
Some councillors said that the food supplied to some schools is big enough to cover all pupils because the next batch comes before the last batch is finished.
Provincial Education Director Thumelang Tabela concurred with the councillors.
"The feeding scheme came as a Government initiative to help our children but we would appreciate it if all grades could be included. We have seen some senior students who come from poorer families compared to the infants. We are requesting that all pupils be accommodated. It is difficult to sit by and look at another child eating whilst you are not," said Tabela.
The councillors told the DA at the meeting held at Gwanda RDC boardroom that all primary school pupils must be given food from ECD to grade 7.
"The feed should be given to all pupils. Why do we have to select when these pupils are from the same community?" asked Ward 17 Clr Ephraim John Nyathi.
He said that drought related challenges that are affecting the community affect everyone and hence there is need to cater for all the children.
Dube said in as much as the request was genuine his office was not in a position to help.
"The problem is that this drought relief program ends next month meaning that if there are to be any developments they will be only implemented in our next program not now," said Dube.