November 11, 2013
Hunger could hinder NCEA candidates
The Post Primary Teachers Association is urging the Government to let Hone Harawira’s Feed the Kids Bill get to a select committee when it comes up for first reading on Wednesday.
President Angela Roberts says there will be students going in to their NCEA exams this week hungry, which is something the government has the opportunity to fix
She says students from the government’s priority groups, which are Maori, Pasifika and low-socio-economic status, are most likely to come to school without having had breakfast.
She says there is a clear link between poor nutrition and poor academic results.
Ms Roberts says while the expansion of the Kick Start breakfast programme earlier this year is helpful, it needs to give school food programmes a legislative basis so they are more likely to be sustained.
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