With the resumption from the second term vacation, primary schools in Bauchi State are to resume the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, Monday.
In a statement signed by its Media Unit, Sunday, the Bauchi State Social Investment Programme (BSSIPO), said protein suppliers contracted by the state government had distributed beef to all the food vendors for meals for Monday and Tuesday through the 86 designated protein centers across the state.
It expressed the state government’s commitment towards expanding the reach of the programme in the state.
“In his determination to ensure that more beneficiaries are captured into the program and that no primary 1-3 child is left unfed, His Excellency Governor Mohammed Abubakar penultimate month approved the recommendation of State School Feeding Multi-Sectoral Team for the review of cook-pupil ratio to a maximum number of 80 pupils per cook,” the statement read in part.
The BSSIPO said that when the review becomes effective later this month, more than 3,000 women would be recruited as cooks to take charge of the feeding of school pupils in the state.
Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) had in October revealed that the NHGSFP had increased school enrollment by 36 per cent in the 2016/2017 academic session while also reducing absenteeism by pupils in schools across the state.
More than 501,399 school children across 2,000 schools in the state are benefitting from the programme being implemented by the Federal Government to tackle malnutrition in school children, increase child enrollment in schools, as well as create jobs and stimulate growth in the agricultural sector in the participating states.