By Azania Post Reporter
TANZANIA is mulling to introduce special programme that would see all pupils in primary schools get lunch meals to reduce dropouts and improve education status.
This was said in a Parliament by the Deputy Minister for Education, Science and Technology, William Ole Nasha when responding to a supplementary question by Zainab Amir, Special Seats Legislator (CUF).
The MP had wanted to understand government strategies towards providing lunch to pupils in primary schools.
Responding, Deputy Minister Ole Nasha, said already there are some schools which have started providing porridge in morning hours.
“We intend to improve education sector including provision of lunch to schools once the budget allows us to do so,” he said.
However education stakeholders have been appealing to the district and municipals to set up by-laws, which will oblige parents to contribute to lunch meals of their children to reduce the number of dropouts in primary and secondary schools.
They said many parents were reluctant to contribute to the school feeding programme, which caused the number of school dropouts to increase.
"Although the government has re-introduced the free education policy, parents shouldn't leave everything to the government, they say.
They also attributed poor performance to lack of the school feeding programme in many schools in the country.