Government’s Summer Nutrition programme is being called a top-down directive made without proper consultation.
While the spirit of the programme is commendable, where children will be guaranteed a nutritious meal over the summer, critics said the implementation left much to be desired.
Part of the issue involves the School Meals Department preparing the meals with deputy general secretary of the National Union of Public Workers, Wayne Walrond, saying the workers felt disrespected.
“Nobody is going to be against any welfare-type support for children but the workers are still unclear about the logistics. The process of consultation was inadequate.
“These workers are committed to feeding the nation’s children but there is a sense of disrespect. This was a top-down approach seemingly being forced upon them,” he said, adding the details of the programme had not been finalised. (CA)