President Rafael Correa has announced that the school feeding program, which was being implemented by the National Storage Unit, attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, will be managed by the private sector, after a tender to be convened later this month.
“The School Feeding Programme, we are totally redesigning, presented serious deficiencies,” said Correa. “Great shortcomings: sometimes the food arrived every week, sometimes every three months, sometimes a student was missing, nothing arrived, other days everything was ok.”
“Nobody here is against the private sector,” said Correa. “We are against the private sector that takes more than it gives, but many actors of the private sector have helped a lot with the development of the country, and it should be a strategic partner for the state in the fulfillment of its obligations. There are things that can not be delegated: education, health … but school feeding! I will’m sure a large supermarket chain will distribute the food in a better way than a public institution,” he added.