Productivity and effectiveness of school feeding programme service providers for primary schools in Gashua town, Yobe State, Nigeria
Shugaba Saminu, Mohammed Babagana Butu
Background: School feeding service signifies serving nutrients to school children with the intent to help children the art of consuming balanced diet. It is a feeding service delivery which includes stages that are in the modality of delivery of foods products such as Preparation, storage, Reception, serving, distribution and consumption of food through appropriate community food vendors services delivery monitored and evaluated by school local inspectors of education and zonal inspectors of education are members of the steering committees who supervise the programme. This paper sought to examine School feeding service delivery by food vendors in Gashua town, Bade LG, Yobe state. Objectives of the study: The study aimsto examine the productivity of school feeding service providers in reducing hunger and improve nutritional health among school children in Primary school in Gashua town,to examine efficiency school feeding service providers in Preparation, storage, Reception, serving, distribution and consumption of food among school children in Primary school in Gashua town,to examine challenges faced in implementation of school feeding programme in Primary school in Gashua town. Method: The study adopted the survey research design and obtained its data from primary sources. The primary data were obtained through structured questionnaire administered on 25 respondents (Food Vendors) in 5 public elementary schools in Gashua Town (Ramat, Babuje, Umar Suleiman, Islamiya, and Garin-Lamido Primary School) using Total population sampling technique. The administration of questionnaire was supplemented by in-depth interview of 5 school head masters purposively selected and 5 members from inspection team of school feeding programme implementation under Local Government Education Authority in the Bade local government area of Yobe state. Data analysis simple frequency count was to get percentage value of the study. Results: The results of the interviews conducted with the 5 school head masters and 5 members from inspection team of school feeding programme. Majority (90%) of the respondents indicated that mid-day meals are served daily and promptly while in school. Results in Table 2 show the variation internal consistency about agreements of the respondents on (56%) of the respondents on School food vendors serve pupils regularly with sufficient meals. Results in Table 3 show the variation internal consistency about agreements of the respondents on (64%) of the respondents on Efficient Reception, serving and distribution of meals provided in schools keeps sharing balances among pupils. Table 4 presents the results (96%) of the respondents indicated that classrooms are overcrowded Conclusions: This study has revealed that Productivity and efficiency of service providers in school feeding services is critical issue for School Feeding Programme which is very effectual in short term hunger reduction and improve nutritional health of school children among primary school pupils in Gashua Town, Yobe state.Since the findings signified imperativeness of school feeding services providers for school feeding programme in short term hunger reduction and improve nutritional health of school children. It is recommended that management of Primary schools within their capacity and Local Education Authority in Bade L.G. Gashua Town will redouble efforts to see that inspection team discharge their binding duties of inspecting, monitoring and supervising on attitude and nature of foods and items supplied such as quality, quantity hygiene of school food vendors diligently and propose a motivational correction measure. This could be done by giving motivational prizes and counselling to both school food vendors and members of school inspection team.
Shugaba Saminu, Mohammed Babagana Butu. Productivity and effectiveness of school feeding programme service providers for primary schools in Gashua town, Yobe State, Nigeria. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Education and Research, Volume 7, Issue 3, 2022, Pages 106-110