Kids going hungry during school holidays a concern for GDE says Panyaza Lesufi

A recent study conducted in the UK has highlighted an increase in malnutrition among students in feeding schemes during school holidays.

The Gauteng Education Department is now asking serious questions about the conditions of school going South African children who go hungry during their holidays.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education tells Talk Radio 702's Azania Mosaka that there might be a need to conduct a similar study in our country because the reality of poverty cannot be underestimated and one of the largest group of victims are school children.

Lesufi says that his department together with the department of social development and department of health are working together towards curbing children's hunger.

If children are not within a school environment those two departments will welcome them during the school holidays. We're trying to find a mechanism of intervening.

Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education

Lesufi says the department feeds 1.3 million children a day within a school week in Gauteng but admits concern about whether the nutritional support is carried out during school holidays.

Lesufi says as soon a solution is found to preserve food that goes to waste, poverty may be alleviated. He adds that the food that does go to waste would need to be repackaged and regulated to ensure it is not harmful to the children.

For the full interview listen to the audio below:


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