Department Calls For School Principals To Provide Meals

After an outcry by education activists which resulted in Section 27 and Equal Education wanting to take the Department of Basic Education to Court. The Free State Department of Education has since responded so you should definitely read further.


The Department of Education in the Free State has released a media statement ordering the school principals to roll out the nutrition programme to qualifying learners.

The National School Nutrition programme (NSNP) was established in 1994 to feed school going children from poor families across South Africa. The Department of Basic Education has recently came under fire after education activist organisations threatened to take the department to court for starving 1.5 million learners.

According to the Free State Education Department statement, the processes to measure the roll out of the nutrition programmes will be necessary in order to avoid waste and stick to the budget.

NSNP qualifying learners are encouraged to collect the meals even if they are not attending school on some days.  

The department statement orders the schools in the Free State province to carry out a plan that will feed the NSNP qualifying students on a daily basis.

The schools are however reminded to follow safe processes to avoid the spread of Covid-19 virus.

Learners that are not at school will also be required to follow the safety measures and wear their masks keeping the social distance when collecting meals.

The feeding programme will start at 09:30 until 12:00 every day, and schools are expected to have a plan in place to ensure the Covid-19 guidelines are followed.

Free State Education Department Statement


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