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Schools can use Free Education Grant for student lunches

September 4, 2020 4:45 pm
Education Minister Rosy Akbar.

Schools can use the Free Education Grant to provide lunches for students whose parents can’t provide food due to COVID-19.

Education Minister Rosy Akbar highlighted this in parliament following the criticism from the Opposition for allowing Non-government organizations and private entities to supply food in schools.

Akbar says while the Ministry will not implement a lunch programme, school heads have been given permission to dip into the Free Education Grant for needy students.

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“We have met up with the heads of schools, we’ve got the data here, and we are grateful for these institutions, corporate bodies faith-based organization, individuals who are providing lunches.”

Akbar says everyone is facing financial challenges during this difficult time and it’s crucial that we work together.

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