The school feeding scheme of Ekiti State government seems to have been turned to an unfortunate project,
as a female pupil of a local primary school in Oworoko-Ekiti reportedly collapse and rushed to a local health centre after eating eggs provided by the government.
After the collapse of the female pupil, tension rose, as some of the primary schools teachers in the area were reportedly attacked by a mob.
Following the attack, the state government was reported to have close down the school involved, Community Primary School, Iworoko –Ekiti until tension is reduced over the alleged discovery of incision on the crockery used to give eggs and chocolate to pupils.
The state government said that the school would be under lock and key until the assailants are apprehended and threatened to close any school where such incidents recur.
The incident has further heightened tension in some communities’ as teachers fear they may be attacked by aggrieved parents and guardians who are oppose to the scheme.
It was gathered that a group of aggrieved women marched to the palace of the Ogoga of Ikere-Ekiti, Oba Samuel Adegoke Adeboye, to protest against the programme.
The women predicated their action on the widespread rumour that the cups and plates with which the meals are served are carrying “demonic incisions” which they feared may jeopardize their children’s future.
The angry women said they would have preferred free education to the feeding programme and warned that their children should not be forced to take such meals, adding that their suspicion was aroused by the fact that the pupils were not allowed to use containers from home.
There was drama at Annunciation School, Ikere, last week when a top official in the all-male secondary school warned the students not to litter the ground with the shell of the eggs.
The students, in unison, threw the eggs given to them against the trees, saying they had been warned by their parents not to take them.
Students of Akinluse Junior Comprehensive High School, Ise-Ekiti reportedly destroyed cups, plates and spoons given to them under the scheme.
A teacher at a local primary school in Ise-Ekiti said parents have been besieging her school to warn the authorities against giving the chocolates and eggs to their children.
But the Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Prince Dayo Adeyeye, at the weekend, described the policy as voluntary.
He said pupils were not being compelled to take the food, adding that the policy was recommended by the World Bank and other international development agencies to boost the nutrition of children in public schools who according to him rarely eat from home.