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Students getting school meals on time again

Primary school students look like getting their school meals delivered on time again, the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) and staff on the School Meals Department (SMD) have reported.

The SMD employees said that after weeks of delivering the lunches late because equipment challenges had delayed food preparation, they were in a position to get meals to students in time for his or her noon lunch break last week.

BUT president Rudy Lovell also confirmed that the union had not received any recent reports of late lunches.

The disclosure on Monday got here every week and a half after Barbados TODAY reported that faulty equipment, poor working conditions and a shortage of vehicles on the SMD were the major aspects contributing to 1000’s of scholars getting their lunches as much as two hours late.

“There have been no late lunches for the whole week last week. After the article was published, that very same weekend technicians got here and worked on the industrial kitchen steam kettles,” said one in all the employees.

“We’re glad they fixed them because we didn’t have the pressure we were accustomed to having, and by way of the flow of labor, this made things a lot easier. We didn’t must use one in all the kettles after which turn round and wash it out and reuse; we got to utilise all of the kettles because all were working. But we haven’t heard anything about new equipment.”

The employees’ complaints had come on the heels of calls from the BUT and the Association of Public Primary School Principals for authorities to elucidate why school meals were being delivered late for the reason that start of the term.

Because it pertains to the shortage of vehicles, the employees said that this was not a difficulty since “once the food is completed on time, it is going to work out”.

Meanwhile, Lovell said he was pleased the nation’s children were being consumed time.

“For the reason that last interview we’d have had over every week ago, I even have not received any complaints from my members regarding the late delivery of college meals, especially within the southern area,” the BUT president said.

“We’re elated since it is our belief that our intervention via the media would have contributed to the development within the delivery of college meals.”

Meanwhile, the employees said they were still waiting for management to update them on when the new school meals facility in Farm Gardens, St Philip could be accomplished and after they would report for duty there.

“We keep waiting, we keep waiting and we keep waiting, but still we all know nothing.

“Loads of the excavator fans aren’t working in any respect and the warmth could be very uncomfortable. They [management] brought in the large [industrial] fans but they sent off numerous hot air too. So that is one in all the explanations we are able to’t wait to maneuver out of here,” a employee told Barbados TODAY.

Efforts to achieve Acting Everlasting Secretary within the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Betty Alleyne-Headley were unsuccessful as much as press time.

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