The commencement of home-grown school feeding programme in Bauchi State has prompted transfer of many children from private to public schools, an official has said.
The focal person for Jama’are Local Government, Malam Umar Ishaq Jama’are, said the feeding programme has been effective in the area and has motivated parents to enrol their wards into public schools.
He said the feeding also improved learning and the nutritional intake of children in rural areas.
Speaking, the Jama’are LG Education Secretary, Alhaji Zakariyya Jibril, described the feeding programme as an intervention which facilitates access to education, increases attendance and retention rates.
He commended government for initiating the programme which he said could reduce the existing gap between rural and urban schools in enrolment.