Feeding program enhances pupils’ performance in school


ROXAS CITY, Capiz, June 2 (PNA) — One of the top performing elementary schools in the province of Capiz attested that complementary feeding helped improve the performance of their pupils, both physically and mentally.

Feeding school children with nutritious foods daily also enticed them to go to school without fail, according to Nelida V. Laysa, principal of Eusebio Villareal Memorial Elementary School (EVMES) in Mambusao town.

“For three years now, we have zero dropout rate and we are certain that we can maintain this until the school year ends,” declared Laysa.

Laysa said the improvement in the pupils’ performance, with the aid of the feeding program and remedial classes, is shown in the result of National Achievement Test administered last year.

The rating of EVMES in Mambusao East District soared from 59.38 percent in 2011 to 81.78 percent in 2012.

Complementary feeding program will again be implemented in the school starting on the first week of July this year right after the identification of malnourished pupils.

To sustain the feeding program, Laysa said their school has allotted more or less P60,000 or P3,000 a month for the expenses.

The parents of the pupils also lend help by preparing the food, while others are giving donations in kind, she said.

Interestingly, 60 percent of the pupils benefiting from the program are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). (PNA)
JBP/JAN

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