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Apr 19, 2014|
A new report says a quarter of British teachers bring food into schools to feed hungry kids due to growing poverty.
The report, conducted by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers and released on Saturday, said 80 percent of teachers see pupils lacking energy and concentration due to not being fed at home.
According to the report, 4,000 teachers, surveyed by the union, thought that educational chances for kids are being cut short by Britain’s austerity measures.
It also added that children most at risk are from families who rely on state benefits to pay for daily expenses.
The teachers now say the only way to get these kids up to speed would be to open breakfast clubs before school starts.
Geoff Branner, president of the union, said his school, "fewer than 15 miles away from David Cameron's constituency", should provide free breakfasts "for a growing number of students who otherwise would not have anything to eat until lunchtime."
"Children are coming to school too tired to concentrate because they could not sleep as their bedroom is cold," Branner said, adding, "As teachers we know that a hungry child cannot concentrate on his or her learning - the brain needs fuel to operate properly."The current UK government has embarked on austerity measures and spending cuts since it came to power in 2010 in a bid to bring down a record deficit inherited from the previous Labour government.
The cuts have severely hit the poorest households in the country, forcing many of them to choose between paying for food or energy.