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Include nutritional education in school curriculum, govt told

Posted: Apr 29, 2015 at 12:12 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase, Lagos 


A professor of nutritional education in the school of Agriculture and Industrial Technology, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun state, Professor Yetunde Makinde, has called on government to modify the instructional curriculum of schools from kindergarten to tertiary level to include adequate nutritional education.

She made the call while delivering the 3rd inaugural lecture at the University titled; “Food for Thought in Thoughts for Food: Conceptual Genius of Local Ingredients in Global Diets and Food Habits of African Populations’

She stressed that if the curriculum is modified it will help in the cultivation of healthy lifestyle, especially training appetite and food habits.

Emphasizing the need for proper nutrition in education, Makinde noted that good nutrition and food habits impact positively on the intelligence and academic performance of pupils and students.

Making reference to a 2013/2014 recent comparative analysis collected from Babcock University Registry on the feeding pattern of On-campus and Off-campus students at the university vis-a-vis academic performance, she disclosed that the result showed that students’ On-campus had higher grades than their Off-campus colleagues in the same university.

In her own words she said, “Based on the comparative analysis of the data, On-campus students had access to enough adequate meals than Off-campus students, and they performed better than their off-campus counterparts”.

Referring to the Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (O-meals) as one of the surviving feeding programme she said programme aims to reverse the very low academic performance of pupils, contending that good nutrition is necessary for development of cognitive skills.

She added a stomach filled with nutritious food helps pupils to concentrate better on their studies, boosts pupils’ enrolment and increase regular school attendance as well as motivates parents to send their children to school.