School Principal Decries Govt’s ‘Insulting’ School Feeding Support

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A St. Catherine Principal is describing as ‘an insult’, the food supplies the government is providing for the national school feeding programme.

The Education Ministry recently announced that it’s no longer allowing it’s partner, the Nutrition Products Limited, NPL, to provide bullas for the programme.

This as it’s moving to offer healthier options. But, Principal of the Above Rocks Primary and Junior High School in St. Catherine, Roojae Kirlew is not satisfied with the alternative his school has received.

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The manna pack is a small package of rice and soy, created by US-based charity organization, Feed My Starving Children.

According to the labels on the package, it contains no trans nor saturated fats and only 2 grams of sugar. But 36-percent of its content is sodium.

Mr. Kirlew– who’s also Opposition People’s National Party, PNP Councillor for the Above Rocks Division– says other schools have received more favourable options to the bullas.

It’s why he’s questioning if his and other rural schools are being discriminated against.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.