The government will remit cash directly to primary schools for purchase of rations under the School Feeding Programme (SFP
The Sh2.4 billion allocated for the 2018/19 financial year by the Ministry of Education will be remitted directly to schools to buy food directly from farmers and traders in the areas the schools are located.
Speaking in Isiolo when the government took over the programme from the World Food Programme (WFP), Education PS Belio Kipsang said the ministry will ensure prudent spending of the funds.
The government started gradually taking over the feeding programme from WFP in 2009, and opted for ‘home grown’ alternative. The alternative requires schools to purchase foodstuff that comprise maize and beans from locals to stimulate agricultural production in the areas they are located.
Under the WFP that started in 1981, business people were allowed to tender and provide food from outside the areas the schools are located. They provided utensils, cooking oil ad other cooking ingredients. Currently, pupils come with their own bowls and parents have to chip in to buy cooking wares and pay cooks.