Management, pupil, student, feeding, school, boarding school, effective management, poor quality food, hygienic environment
One of the sensitive areas in a boarding school administration is the feeding of pupils/students. Although many advantages accrue to boarding over day school, some parents/guardians are still skeptical of enrolling their children in a boarding school because of the issue of inadequate and inappropriate feeding. In this paper, issues, bordering on the feeding of pupils/students in a boarding school, such as: inadequate food, poor quality food, irrelevancy of food vis a vis the pupils/students' needs, lateness of food, preparation of food in an unhygienic environment, and late arrival of pupils/students to dining hall/refectory are examined. To improve the status of feeding of pupils/students in a boarding school, rekindle the hope of parents/guardians in it, as well as increase its patronage, timely preparation of food, preparation of adequate food relative to students' population, proper monitoring and supervision of food when it is prepared, and pupils/students eating in dining hall by the boarding house officials, as well as staff on duty, are recommended.
[...] Boarding school management should ensure a balance of energy intake, vitamins, and foods that can guarantee proper students' growth and development. A menu time table, containing balanced diet and relevant to students' needs should be prepared and strictly enforced by the cooks and boarding house officials. The idea of cooking only the available foods for students, which may give room for repeating the same kinds of food for students often, should be avoided. It is also important that food should be prepared and be ready for students few minutes before the scheduled time. [...]
[...] Food prepared in an unhygienic environment and by dirty cooks, can be contaminated by disease causing micro-organisms, which when eaten by pupils/students, can cause ailments, such as stomach upset, diarrhea, and rashes, among others or result to epidemic which can send wrong signal to people outside. If this is not properly managed, it can result to dropping out of many pupils/students and de-population of school. Lack of/Inadequate Supervision of Pupils/Students during Feeding Process: The role of supervision in an organization cannot be overemphasized. It gives room for orderliness and coordination in an organization. In the course of feeding, pupils/students need to be appropriately supervised and monitored. [...]
[...] Parents whose children are underfed can also withdraw them from school, which can de- populate such school. Poor Quality Food: Food must be of good quality to have value to the person that eats it. Good quality food connotes that it has desirable taste and standard, appropriately cooked (i.e. not watery, peppery, salty, just to mention few. Poor quality foods in most cases are rejected by pupils/students. Apart from wasting such foods, pupils/students will suffer the consequence of not having food to eat. [...]
[...] Summary and Conclusion It is not a gainsaying that boarding school has many advantages over day school, which thus makes many parents/guardians to patronize it. Feeding of pupils/students in a boarding school is very essential because it serves as avenue for pupils/students to replenish their lost energy for a day's activities, such as receiving lesson, reading, writing, sporting activities/games, labour, among others. It is thus important for boarding school managers to pay special attention to pupils/students feeding in their respective schools. [...]
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