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File: Cooks prepare box lunches for the School Feeding Programme at the National School Dietary Services Limited at the School Feeding Catering Centre in Chaguanas in 2018.

The Ministry of Education’s school feeding programme has been put on hold and transferred to the Ministry of Social Development.

This from Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly.

Gadsby-Dolly was speaking to CNC3’s the Morning Brew host Natalee Legore on Thursday morning when she said the Education Ministry’s previous plan to have meals distributed to needy students through the offices of the Members of Parliament have been scrapped.

Gadsby-Dolly said the shift from her ministry to the Social Development Ministry means she cannot say what the final plans for the programme would be.

When the start of the new school term was announced several weeks ago, Gadsby-Dolly said the school feeding programme would continue with 500 meals being sent out daily to each of the 41 constituencies. She said the MP’s offices would then assist in getting the meals to those children in their community who were registered with the programme.

However, she said on Thursday that plan was scrapped.

Gadsby-Dolly also spoke on the cost of outfitting schools with sinks and sanitation stations in preparation for the reopening of physical classrooms.

She said the exercise may cost somewhere between $20 to $30 million.

Gadsby-Dolly said a proposal will also be sent to Cabinet by next week to begin repairs on schools across the country while physical classes are suspended.