Teachers in Dundee have been forced to buy food for pupils turning up to school hungry

Many kids in Dundee are turning up to school hungry (PA)

TEACHERS in Dundee are having to give children fruit and cereal bars at break time because they are too hungry to learn, reports our sister title The Courier.

A shocking report by the Child Poverty Action Group Scotland found youngsters in the city are showing up to school without having had so much as a glass of water, while some primary children are having to wait years on waiting lists to access breakfast clubs.

It found more than a quarter of children in Dundee are living in poverty, with six of the city’s eight council wards having rates above 25%.

Dundee City Council has been urged to find ways to help hard-pressed families cope with the cost of sending children to school.

Children and families convener Gregor Murray said the report had given officials “many issues to think over” and insisted solutions “need to be carefully considered”.

For more see Thursday’s edition of The Courier