KANDINDA:Makhungutja Primary School pupils have been forced to eat sugarless sour porridge for over three(3)weeks after Government failed to provide food through the Schools Feeding Scheme.
Speaking to this Swaziland News, Mbongwa Dlamini,the President of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) confirmed the matter, adding that Government failed to release the Free Primary Education (FPE) funds for schools to operate smoothly.
“Government only released the funds for a few schools in order to diffuse the noise, this is the same thing that happened with students allowances and the employment of teachers.Government only attended to a few so that we could believe they were working on our problems, we must learn that if we have a problem which unifies us all, we shouldn't give up fighting until all our issues are addressed”,he said.
Attempts to reach Moshoeshoe Nkambule, the Headteacher at Makhungutja Primary School proved unsuccessful at the time of compiling this report and Lady Howard-Mabuza the Minister of Education had not responded to our questionnaire.
It has been gathered that the school was relying on its maize field for the mealie meal used for the sour porridge.
The pupils have been asked to contribute money to buy sugar or provide some from their homes.
"It's difficult since most of them are orphans or come from impoverished families, and are left with no choice but to eat the sugarless thin porridge which is their only and main meal for a day”,said a source close to the matter.
Makhungutha Primary School.