Education Ministry: Breakfast provided to 821 students this year so far

Photo shows the Vice President Faisal Naseem (C) and Education Minister Dr. Aishath Ali (R) at the launching ceremony of the pilot program to provide students with free breakfast in public schools all over the country. (Photo/President's Office)

Education Ministry, on Thursday, has stated that 821 students have been provided breakfast so far this year under the school breakfast program.

Sun inquired about the current status of the school breakfast program on Thursday – to which Education Ministry replied that the program has not been slowed down, nor halted.

“We are providing breakfast under this program to students in most Male’ schools, and some schools in the islands. However, at present, are only providing breakfast for students that are in most need of it,” the Ministry’s media official had said.

Breakfast is provided to a large number of students in Male’ schools. Speaking regarding the school breakfast program – Kalaafaanu School’s Principal Rahma Abdul Rahman told Sun that over 90 students from the school are presently provided breakfast under the program.

The school breakfast program is one of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s electoral pledges. The government began to provide breakfast for all students attending morning sessions at schools in order to fulfill this pledge on June 11, 2019.

Breakfast under the program was provided in schools based in both Male’ area and atolls.

However, the program was halted once the schools closed at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the program resumed this year, breakfast was only provided to students in need.