The Education Ministry says it’s lobbying Cabinet to increase the food benefits that the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education, PATH, students receive in schools.
There are more than 174,000 students across early childhood, primary and secondary institutions are on the PATH programme.
The Education Ministry provides meals five times per week for PATH students.
PATH students at the Early Childhood level receive $120 per day for lunches while students from Grade 4 to the secondary level get $150.
Acting-Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Grace McLean, says that figure isn’t enough.
Dr. McLean says the Education Ministry will partner with the Agriculture Ministry to formally incorporate local produce into school feeding programmes.