Nigeria: School Feeding Programme Raises Enrollment of Students in Zamfara

Zamfara State Government has said its Secondary School Feeding Programme has helped to rapidly raise the enrollment of students.

Executive Chairman of the programme, Alhaji Atiku Maradun, disclosed this in Gusau in an interview with the Newsmen

Maradun said hitherto, enrolment into secondary schools was “very low”, adding that the programme has also facilitated the enrolment of thousands of orphans and less-privileged children into schools.

The chairman explained that the programme was conceived to improve access to secondary school education, adding that so far, it has recorded huge success.

According to him, the state government is spending N400 million monthly on the feeding of students in 192 secondary schools, across the 14 local government area of the state.

He said the programme has taken away the burden of providing breakfast from the parents, and encouraged students to concentrate on their studies. Maradun furrther said apart from food, the board is also providing toiletries and fruits to students in boarding schools twice a week for male and three times a week for female students.

The chairman called on parents, school principals and officers running the programme to continue supporting the government to sustain the successes recorded.

He advised the students to use the opportunity to face their studies with all seriousness.

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