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Challenges in implementing the National School Nutrition Programme for achieving educational objectives: a case study of schools in Vhembe District, Limpopo, South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Runhare, T.
dc.contributor.advisor Litshani, N. F.
dc.contributor.author Tshisikhawe, Mbulaheni Paul
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-22T09:41:33Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-22T09:41:33Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/877
dc.description DEd (Curriculum Studies)
dc.description Department of Curriculum Studies
dc.description.abstract Although on its introduction the focus of the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) was to improve health and nutritional status of South African school children, it was put in place to improve school attendance, curb absenteeism and drop-out by children of school going age as a result of hunger and poverty. It was also meant to improve the learning capacity of children since access to nutritious meals has the potential to improve their concentration levels during instructional discourses, which can enhance the quality of educational outcomes. This study explored the views of education stakeholders on the challenges they encountered in implementing the NSNP in achieving its educational goals at two schools in the Vhembe District in South Africa. Specifically, the study investigated how the NSNP influences school access, attendance and participation at schools that are benefiting from the NSNP in an endeavour to establish strategies for improving the quality of schooling. Abraham Maslow’s theory of hierarchy of needs was applied to explain how children’s basic needs can be a foundation to their educational needs and aspirations. A case study design involving two schools was adopted for the study and the qualitative research approach was employed. Purposive sampling method was employed to select two secondary school principals, ten secondary school class teachers per school, ten learners who were beneficiaries of the NSNP and ten of their counterparts who were not on NSNP per school, and two circuit NSNP officers. Individual and focus group interviews, documentary study and observations were used to collect data, which were analysed thematically. The findings of the study revealed that: the National School Nutrition Programme is a credible strategy for learners from poor backgrounds to access schooling and reduce their school drop-out; there was no clear difference in academic performance between leaners who participated and those who opted out of the Programme; educators felt overwhelmed by administrative work for the feeding programme, which compromised on their co-responsibilities; there were inadequate workshops to equip service providers of the Programme; food was provided under poor hygiene conditions which made some learners to opt out of the Programme; Programme records had inaccurate information. Based on the main study findings, the study recommended that the programme should continue as the majority of learners were benefiting; the Programme should have its own v administrative personnel; there should be regular staff development workshops on the Programme; schools should erect proper infrastructure for food storage and service; a multi- ministerial team of experts from health, education Programme; and all schools that have the Programme should maintain nutrition gardens for provision of fresh food. Finally, for the effective role-taking by duty-bearers for the Programme, the study concluded by recommending a model called the Increasing Achievement Mode for the National School Nutrition Programme. en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xv, 259 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject National School Nutrition Programme en_US
dc.subject Nutrition en_US
dc.subject School attendance en_US
dc.subject Educational objectives en_US
dc.subject Implementation en_US
dc.subject.ddc 371.7160968257
dc.subject.lcsh Nutrition -- Study and teaching -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Nutrition -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Nutrition extension work -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh National school lunch program
dc.subject.lcsh School children -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.title Challenges in implementing the National School Nutrition Programme for achieving educational objectives: a case study of schools in Vhembe District, Limpopo, South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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