While schools closed early in South Africa in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many children who rely on school feeding schemes have been left stranded.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Mothsekga announced that the prolonged first term break is in line with the country's efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Clement Manyathela speaks to University of Stellenbosch education economist Dr Nic Spaull about the impact of COVID-19on feeding schemes.
There are about 13 million children in our South African schooling system from grade R to grade 12, and about 9 million children receive a free meal when they are at school.— Dr Nic Spaull, Education economist - University of Stellenbosch
We know from the household survey that one in five households have inadequate food access. About 60% or 70% of children will be affected by not having those meals.— Dr Nic Spaull, Education economist - University of Stellenbosch
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