The Home Grown School Feeding Program introduced by the Federal Government is said to have provided pupils with nutritional balanced diet and increased attendance to school in Bauchi State. Records at the Bauchi State Social Investment Programs Office (BSSIPO) show that the program started in the State on August 1, 2017 with 400,000 pupils, however by May 2018, there were 8,141 cooks feeding 651,110 pupils in over 2,000 schools across the state.
The Special Assistant to Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar on Social Investment Program (SIPs) and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), Mansur Manu Soro, said the number of pupils in schools increased because of the free meals.
He said pupils were being transferred from private to public schools by their parents while fresh enrolment has also significantly increased.
Governor Mohammed Abubakar recently approved the recommendation of the State School Feeding Multi-Sectoral Team for the review of cook-pupil ratio to a maximum number of 80 pupils per cook.