The introduction of feeding programmes in primary schools by government in Chilubi district has improved the number of pupils attending classes says district Education Standards Officer (DESO) Mulenga Sendapu.
Ms.Sendapu explained that since the programme was introduced in the area the levels of absenteeism have drastically reduced.
She said a monitoring exercise conducted recently revealed that in the past the levels of absenteeism were high but that with the introduction of the feeding programmes the attendance in many schools has been consistently above average.
Ms. Sendapu also explained that last month the department received another 700×50 kilogram bags of white maize and 300×50 kg bags of yellow beans under the feeding programme.
The DESO further called on the Government to continue with the initiative if high illiteracy levels were to be reduced in Zambia.
Meanwhile, Ms. Sendapu commended parents in the area for ensuring that their school going children attended classes.
She observed that parents in the area were playing an important role by helping education authorities cook the food for the pupils.
The primary school feeding programme is a government initiative supported by the United Nations under the World Food Programme (WFP) aimed at reducing illiteracy levels more especially in rural areas where poverty has become a major hindrance to accessing primary education.