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Free State Education Department calls for implementation of NSNP

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The Free State Education Department has urged schools in the province to implement the National School Nutrition Programme for all qualifying learners, while adhering to all COVID-19 safety protocols. 

The Department of Basic Education issued a media statement from the Free State Department of Education on Wednesday, 7 July 2021, on the provision of meals for all qualifying learners during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department called on all principals of schools to roll out the school nutrition programme to all qualifying learners.

The department stated that all qualifying National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) learners are entitled to receive meals on school days, with due consideration of all occupational, health and safety protocols. The department is also requesting schools to encourage all qualifying learners to retrieve their meal, even on the days when they are not at school.

Furthermore, the department is asking the schools to implement certain measures to ensure that the learners benefit. According to the department, the schools need to implement a school-specific feeding plan for the provision of meals to all qualifying learners on school days. The school-specific feeding plan must include a staggered programme, with time slots for the feeding of learners to limit overcrowding and ensure social distancing. Free State learners are also requested to wear masks and to bring containers when they are collecting their meals. The department stated that feeding is expected to commence at 09:30 and continue until 12:00 daily.

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Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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