School feeding offers an excellent opportunity for targeted intervention to students not only as means for improving educational outcomes but also enhancing nutritional outcomes. Good Nutrition helps students show up at school prepared to learn. Because improvements in nutrition make students healthier, students are likely to have fewer absences and attend class more frequently. Studies show that malnutrition leads to behaviour problems and that sugar hurts child behaviour.
However, these effects can be counteracted when children consume a balanced diet that includes protein, fat, complex carbohydrates. Thus students will have more time in class, and students will have fewer interruptions in learning over the school year.
Additionally, students’ behaviour may improve and cause fewer disruptions in the classroom, creating a better learning environment for each student in the class. The sale of junk foods by food vendors should be ceased in the various schools, some soft drinks available in the market are not good for students, students in the boarding schools should be checked to avoid them bringing junk foods and soft drinks that are not good for their health.
Every student has the potential to do well in school. Failing to provide good nutrition puts them at risk of missing out on meeting that potential. However, taking action today to provide healthier choices in schools can help to set students up for a successful future full of possibilities.
Ghana Education Service is committed to serving students with a balanced diet meal. A menu has been prepared for matrons in the various senior high schools as a guide to improving the meals served to students. The following are foodstuffs to be included in the menu, eggs, sardine, mackerel, fish, meat, milk, milo and chocolate. Students are to be served chocolate at least once a week. Research suggests that healthy food improves academic performance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that eating a healthy diet and being physically active not only can improve the health of students but also improve their academic achievement.
Matrons, storekeepers and kitchen staff, who sell the food items meant for students are advised to desist from that act, anyone found doing so will be sanctioned. A monitoring team will visit the schools unannounced to monitor the food that is served to students. Ministry of Education has contracted the national buffer stock company to supply foodstuffs on time to schools.
Students whose nutritional status had stunted were 79% less likely to score high academic performance as compared with normal. Students whose nutritional status had under-weight were 37% less likely to score high academic performance compared with their counterparts.
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