Parents demand audit of food programme

15 June 2016 - 09:09 By BABALO NDENZE

Limpopo parents don't trust the provincial department of education with their children's wellbeing and have petitioned parliament to intervene and to launch an audit of the school nutrition programme.Several pupils on the nutrition programme fell ill two years ago from food contamination. Some were hospitalised.DA MP Desiree van der Walt submitted a petition to the Speaker of parliament this week, signed by 606 members of various communities in Limpopo. It said the standard of the nutrition programme was poor . The matter was also raised in the Limpopo legislature."The Limpopo education department, which had been under administration for several years, is still not providing quality and prescribed menu meals to the most vulnerable children in schools. Often this is the only meal a pupil has for the day," said Van der Walt.She also alluded to an outstanding case lodged with the public protector involving tenders that had been awarded, allegedly fraudulently, to family and friends of senior management of the school nutrition programme in Limpopo.Van der Walt said communities wanted an audit of the school nutrition programme by the Department of Basic Education to ensure quality food that would not harm pupils or make them ill.

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