Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Garcia: School feeding programme under no threat

Anxious parents can dismiss fears of any disruption in the daily meals provided to students under the School Nutrition Programme.

The assurance comes from Education Minister Anthony Garcia who told LoopTT that parents have no reason to worry about any issues affecting the availability of breakfasts and lunches for students in primary and secondary schools across the country.   

The Minister’s comment comes as former Food Production minister Devant Maharaj claimed that caterers with the school feeding programme had not been paid in full for their services since May 2017.

According to Maharaj, a small percentage of the outstanding payments was paid in September and an even smaller portion of the payments distributed in October.

When pressed for comment on the former minister’s assertions, Garcia said he had no desire to respond to Maharaj’s claims.

He maintained, however, that the school feeding programme remains unaffected by any operational issues.

The School Nutrition Programme benefits students in over 800 schools across the country, with more than 40,000 breakfasts and approximately 100,000 lunches served daily.