Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
17 Aug 2020
4:52 pm

Nervous parents hamstring resumption of school feeding programme

Bernadette Wicks

Despite the department of education being ready to comply with a court order to ensure for 9.2 million children countrywide are fed, parents who fear they could get infected with Covid-19 are apparently preventing them from collecting their meals.

School feeding. Archive photo: GroundUp

Last month the North Gauteng High Court ordered the immediate resumption of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) for all 9.2 million children who depend on it, but nervous parents have been hamstringing rollout. The Department of Basic Education, however, is confident the situation will improve in the coming weeks. A report Education Director-General (DG) Mathanzima Mweli filed with the court last week stated the department was “ready to implement at full scale” but highlighted low turnouts to collect food so far. “Provinces reported that learners that are not phased in do not support the programme as intended to cover...