Steps taken to re-commence School Meal Programme

The school meal programme, which was successfully conducted by providing lunch to 180,000 children in 7,925 schools in Sri Lanka for nearly 30 years, is not functioning properly due to the inflation in the country.

The Education Ministry has taken steps to use the donation of 10,000 metric tonnes of rice from China for this food programme.

The second stock of rice by China amounting to 1,000 metric tonnes, was handed over by Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong to the Education Ministry Secretary M. N. Ranasinghe recently.

The official handing over took place recently at the Ministry.

Considering the poverty and nutritional deficiency, students have been selected for the school meal programme, and since the majority of schools are with low percentage of children, Rs. 30 for one meal has been increased up to Rs. 60.

The Health and Nutrition Division of the Education Ministry will take steps to properly implement the school meal programme and the amount of rice will also be provided to the schools.

It is also planned to continue this school food programme successfully by implementing cultivation programmes in school premises and gardens, the Education Ministry said.

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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