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.
[...] Irrelevancy of Food to Pupils/Students' Needs: In a boarding school, pupils/students require food that will function appropriately in their bodies. If a child is not provided balanced diet, his/her physical and mental growth may be retarded. A well balanced diet, that will perform varieties of function, is needed by children at tender ages. A menu time table that will contain balanced diet foods is thus necessary in a boarding school. When foods given to pupils/students are unbalanced, it may result to deficiency diseases. [...]
[...] 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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[...] Examination of these issues and ways to tackle them, such as the preparation of food on time, preparation of adequate food relative to students' population, adequate supervision of food preparation and pupils/students eating in the dining hall by the boarding house officials, as well as staff on duty, among others, were also discussed in this paper. It is hopeful that the adoption of these strategies by boarding schools managers will give room for improved feeding and ensure the achievement of the purposes of boarding system, and ultimately ensure improved boarding school management, for improved academic and other objectives in the schools. References Adeleke, A (2001). Management concepts and application. Lagos: Nigeria: Concept publications Limited Afolabi, F.O. (1998). Basic concepts in school administration and supervision. Ondo, Nigeria: Patrick Ade Press Black, R.E., Morris, S.S. [...]
[...] Pupils/students in boarding schools thus have the tendency to perform better academically than those in day schools. In addition, pupils/students in boarding school are exposed to counseling activities of teachers, counselors, school administrators unlike when they are at home where they are only open to the counseling of their parents. Such counseling can improve their behaviours and academic performance, particularly towards achieving their careers/goals in life. In a boarding school, some of the pupils/students are appointed as prefects, to oversee other students while some are given adhoc tasks to perform. [...]
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