Provincial Eastern Education Officer Allan Lingambe says the school feeding program in primary schools has helped improve learner performance in the province.
Dr Lingambe said the Ministry of Education has seen improved learner performance among schools where the feeding programmes are being implemented because pupils are attentive in class.
Dr Lingambe said that the program is aimed at curbing issues to do with absenteeism and poor learner performance.
He stated that the school feeding programme which started in 2011 is being implemented with support from the World Food programme (WFP).
Dr Lingambe however noted with sadness that some parents are not appreciating the programme and when assigned to prepare the meals they are reluctant to do so, adding that in some cases they shun preparing the meals.
He states that some children go without eating even where WFP has distributed the foodstuffs.
Dr. Lingambe appeals to the parents to be responsible and ensure that they play their role by preparing the meals as agreed with school authorities.