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    Pupils fight for food as policy to give infants only shows shortcomings




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    BRILLIANT MUKARO
    BIKITA REPORTER

    BIKITA
    – The Government policy to feed infants at schools while leaving out more senior pupils is causing serious problems as fights for food frequently break out.
    The discrimination where pupils in higher grades are not given food at the schools also present a sorry sight where they go hungry while toddlers are being fed.
    The Mirror witnessed the sorry state presented by the selective supply of food to pupils at some schools in Bikita recently. Many senior pupils who don't benefit from the scheme are seen loitering where the infants are fed.
    They take advantage of the slightest chance to pick what is either dropped to the ground or what they can grab from the infants. Some also literally beg for pieces of food from the infants.
    In other instances, some infants are seen keeping aside some of the food so they can give to their siblings who are in senior grades and therefore cannot benefit from the feeding schemes.
    Grades that are not benefitting could be seen anxiously peeping through windows as the infants were being given food. The feeding time actually distracts all pupils in the school. A snap survey by The Mirror at Vushe, Gumunyu and Jaravaza Primary schools has shown that while those who are given food are selected, hunger does not choose as it affects all pupils from ECD to Grade 7.
    Many teachers who spoke to The Mirror on condition of anonymity said had resources been available, the Government should have ensured that every pupil is fed.
    They said the situation of the rest of the pupils begged for mercy.
    Josiah Magurwa who is the Deputy Head at Vushe said the decision to give food to infants was welcome however, he said they were constantly having problems with junior pupils who continue to ask when their slot to be fed will come.
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