They are being constructed at schools which struggled to cook for students due to lack of kitchens.
The development was revealed on Tuesday by the State Minister in Charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Gaspard Twagirayezu at the celebration of African School Feeding Day held at Groupe Scolaire Kayanga in Rutunga sector, Gasabo district.
Twagirayezu explained that the activity is meant to help schools find dining places unlike the past when they used to eat from their classes.
He emphasized that feeding children at school helps them to stay concentrated on studies and requested parents to support respective schools to implement the program.
“The current policy seeks to feed every student at school. Secondly, it was decided that all children will be fed from school starting from nursery kids but it requires adequate infrastructure for the program to materialize. The construction of kitchens which is underway is among other preparations facilitating the program,” he said.
The head teacher of GS Kayanga, Nahayo Clemence has said that feeding children in classes has been annoying.
“Children are still fed from classrooms because of lacking refectories. The construction of kitchens underway will help us to find comfortable places where we will be cooking and feeding children,” she said.
The Government pays Rwf 56 for every student to be fed at school while the remaining cost is covered by the school and parents.
It is expected that the school feeding program will be rolled out to children from nursery schools once these new kitchens are completed.
They are built at recently completed or under-construction 12-year basic education schools, semi-public schools among others lacking such infrastructure.