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Kids Discouraged From Eating Their Own Lunches


Advice
from the Ministry of Education
shows that kids who bring
their own lunches from home are being discouraged from
eating them,” says ACT Leader David
Seymour.

“After it was revealed this week that
thousands of lunches are going to waste, the Ministry now
wants to stop children from eating their own
lunches.

“Advice on the Ministry of Education
website says teachers are to “create a time (10-15
minutes), that is solely for eating the provided lunch,
while food from home stays in students’
bags.”

“This kind of treatment punishes students
and parents who have taken personal responsibly for
providing their own lunch. It’s just mean to leave kids
sitting there at lunch time waiting to eat their own
food.

“Not all students need lunches provided by the
state. Why should kids whose parents can afford to provide
lunch and have gone to the trouble of making it have to sit
and wait while other kids eat in front of them?

“The
advice also says “Choose a time for lunch that will give
your staff and ākonga the most opportunity to benefit –
healthy food tastes better if you are
hungry.”

“Are teachers meant to get kids to the
point where they’re starving so they’ll want to eat the
food provided?

“The advice says “Encourage ākonga
to try new foods and praise students for their efforts –
remember it can take between five and 15 exposures to learn
to like a food.”

“Children aren’t stupid. They
either like something or they don’t. If these lunches are
so terrible that kids have to try them 15 times, there’s
probably a problem with what’s in them.

“ACT
believes when creating good public policy you should do
detailed work about what the problem is you’re actually
trying to solve, not just throw around taxpayer’s money so
people think you’re kind.

“Some real work needs to
be done here to find out how many lunches are going to waste
and
why.”

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