Schools are digging into their teaching budgets – in some cases relying on donations from principals and teachers – to feed children who turn up hungry.
A nationwide survey of lower decile school principals has indicated how many kids don’t have breakfast or lunch – with those in some areas reporting up to 80 per cent of students arriving without food each week.
Among the respondents were 70 decile four and five schools – suggesting child poverty is creeping into middle income families.
Most of the 270 schools who responded to the New Zealand Principals’ Federation questionnaire said they fed some of their students – with more than half feeding at least 20 per cent each week.
Principals reported using up to $5000 of their operations grants on feeding children each term and many also paid teacher aides to co-ordinate available programmes or help at breakfast and lunchtime.
‘Good on those schools – they know kids can’t learn unless they’re fed’ said NZPF president Denise Torrey.‘But it’s not good enough to let it fall on school shoulders. I think parents will be surprised to learn how much has been paid out from resources that they thought were for learning’.(cont..)(ed:..and this is how it is in nz in 2015 under an uncaring tory government – a government so determined to ignore the problem/to not to be held to account – that they refuse to even measure poverty – with their fall-back catch-phrase being ‘it’s all relative’..and make no mistake – this uncaring is driven by tory/neo-liberal ideology – where protection/nurturing of the elites is their raison d’ etre – and just the opposite is their attitudes to/treatment of the poor/sick/homeless..(and i am of an age to be shocked at the differences in what nz once promised its’ citizens – and what it now delivers..what we have now become..)(and make no more mistakes – it is not just the tories who are to blame) – nine years of an (also) uncaring/stigmatising/neo-liberal clark/labour govt is as equally to blame..who can forget their ‘deserving/undeserving families’ mantras..their cold-hearted turning of their backs to/on the poor/sick/homeless..for those nine long years..?..eh..?..seeing clark back in town this week just stirred up those memories of that ignoring/neglect – and how well they prepared the ground for the uncaring tory bastards who currently rule over us..eh..?and you what else also pretty much both sucks and blows..?labour election ’14 policies offered little change..(they said labour would only raise benefit-levels at the rate of inflation – as the tories do..and what little they promised – new labour leader little promised to ditch – as being too radical/turning off those middle-voters they genuflect to..what to bloody do..?..eh..?..we have the choice of tweedle-dum and/or tweedle-fucken-dee.