Education Minister, Fayval Williams, says there shouldn’t be a fight to implement the new nutrition policy in schools.
She’s responding to growing pushback among some stakeholders to the proposed policy which will regulate what can be fed to students.
The National School Nutrition Policy was approved as a green paper and tabled in Parliament in May this year, but it has not yet been implemented through policy.
Minister Williams admits that it will not be an easy shift, but insists the change must begin.
The Education Minister says such a policy will benefit even the the wider society in the long run.
Fayval Williams, Minister of Education and Youth.
Meanwhile The National Parents-Teachers Association of Jamaica, NPTAJ, says it’s currently discussing the National Nutrition Policy.
Nationwide News understands that the education stakeholder group will by Friday, reveal it’s take on the Policy.
The policy was pitched at a consultation session on Tuesday at the Merl Grove High school’s Auditorium.
The Nutrition Policy aims to establish guidelines around nutrition in schools.
The goal is to raise the number of schools which satisfy the nutritional needs of students by 83 per cent. and the number of schools that provide mandatory physical activity at all grade levels by 85 per cent.
At the consultation session, Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton appealed to stakeholders to stick to the guidelines.
Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness.