‘Children in Government boarding schools are tired of eating dhal’
24 June, 2019, 5:30 am
OPPOSITION MP Ro Filipe Tuisawau says his children in Government boarding schools are tired of eating dhal.
While supporting a motion to increase the budgetary allocation for Boarding School Food and Supplies from $2.8million to $4million in Parliament last week, Mr Tuisawau said the dietary needs of teenagers in boarding schools should be taken into account by the Ministry of Education.
“My children are also in boarding schools and one of the main problems is the type of food, and when we go there, they are saying, ‘We are fed up of eating dhal”, every day is dhal,” he said.
“That is the reality here.
“We need proper research on the dietary needs of the specific age group of the students there and then align the food budget to that dietary need, especially these are growing teenagers.
“I think that will be a good strategy going into the future.”
Education Minister Rosy Akbar said $4million has been allocated for schools to find land and plant their own food.
“This $4million is for those schools that have land because we want to encourage parents, children and teachers to get into gardening and providing basic food supplies,” Ms Akbar said.
“I am sure there are many Government schools that have a lot of land available. “Our survey has shown that this land is not utilised so we want to get out children into being self-sufficient. We have allocated $6 million for those schools that have no land for gardening.
“At the moment, this funding is allocated for Government boarding schools to prepare food and supplies for boarders and we have close to 3225 students in our boarding schools, I believe the increase is sufficient.”