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R5 to feed a child at school

According to The Star, R5 is the daily maximum Gauteng is prepared to spend on feeding a learner.


In a directive written by Gauteng Department of Education’s, Edward Mosuwe, schools are to cap the daily amount to feed each learner, under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) at a shocking R5.


This directive, which The Star has seen, was sent to school principals, school governing bodies (SGB’s) and district directors last week, on how the province expected to run the National School Nutrition Programme when schools were rescheduled to reopen for Grade 7 and Grade 12 yesterday.


Mosuwe directed the following,

  • The Gauteng Department of Education directs that school governing bodies and school principals procure dry and perishable groceries for the National School Nutrition Programme for the period of June 1 to 14, 2020, to feed the learners.
  • Feeding will be capped at R5 per learner per day.
  • Schools are directed to invoice the GDE for this period and the department shall reimburse the school.”


Steve Mabona, GDE spokesperson required the department to feed learners at R3,49 a learner at secondary schools and R2,96 at primary schools.


“In essence, as Gauteng Education, we allocated more funds to schools, and requested them to temporarily procure food on their own, until such time we finalise our procurement process for our new service providers accordingly.”


Principles and district directors across Gauteng criticised the GDE’s feeding scheme, with one calling it a “joke”.


“Look at this (memo) and tell me if this is not a joke.”

“How do you feed a learner for R5 for the whole day?”

“Are we ready to open schools?”


Eusa, a union that represents 27 000 teachers has, meanwhile maintained that it would attempt to interdict Basic Educations Minister Angie Motsheka’s planned phased reopening of schools next Monday.


Sources: The Star, IOL

Photo Credit: Unsplash




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