Parents and caregivers in the Free State are urged to encourage eligible learners to collect meals at school that are provided through the National School Nutrition Programme, during this four-week break.
According to the spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, the department provides nutritious meals for close to 600 000 learners drawn from quintile 1 -3 and some special schools, and will continue to do so even during the break. Ndaba further said that parents and communities should support their children who are beneficiaries of the National School Nutrition Programme to be able to access meals at schools.
Free State Education HOD, Adv. Tsoarelo Malakoane, emphasised that schools will prepare meals throughout the school break.
“We are deeply concerned that very few learners turn up and this creates fruitless expenditure. Hence I am appealing to parents to encourage learners to collect their food,” said Malakoane .
The department will continue to implement the standard operating procedures of Covid-19 regulations whenever learners collect their meals at schools.
This comes after the televised address by President Cyril Ramaphosa pronounced that schools would be on a 4-week break, but also added that the school nutrition programme would continue to operate.
29 July 2020 was the third day of schools’ closure. Grade 12 learners are expected to return on Monday 3 August 2020, whilst Grade 7 learners are expected to report back to school on Monday 10 August 2020. The rest of the learners will be reporting back to school on Monday 24 August 2020.