Posted by: Gurindam Jiwa | Thursday, June 19, 2008

Price Watch: Canteens Told to Keep Status Quo

There is an article in the NST Online recently about prices of food at schools canteen, especially after the fuel price hike.

Keeping in mind that SRAI BBB is a Selangor state school under the auspices of Selangor Islamic Department (Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor–JAIS), it is supposed to be fully managed by JAIS via JAIS Islamic Education Section (Bahagian Pendidikan Islam). See here.

Hence what the Education Ministry Director-General said may not apply to SRAI.

However, those who have been involved in any way with the management of SRAI would know in reality as to what extent does JAIS really manage these SRAIs.

I would say JAIS doesn’t manage at all. In fact, SRAIs are actually classified as “Private Schools.”

NST Online » Local News
2008/06/12
Price watch: Canteens told to keep status quo
By : Deborah Loh

PUTRAJAYA: School canteen operators should not raise food and drink prices until they negotiate new contracts with the school authorities.

They should serve school children at existing prices as agreed in their current contracts, Education Ministry Director-General Datuk Alimuddin Mohd Dom said yesterday.

“The contract between a school and its canteen operator states the price of drinks and food as agreed by both parties. If canteen operators raise prices, they will be violating the contract,” Alimuddin said.

He was asked about complaints by parents whose children reported that food and drinks sold in their school canteens were now higher after the fuel hike announced by the government last Wednesday.

A parent with school-going children in both primary and secondary schools in Ulu Kelang said syrup drinks sold in plastic packets now cost RM1 or more instead of 80 sen previously. A plate of nasi lemak used to cost RM1 but has been raised to RM1.50.

“Canteen operators should wait until their current contracts have expired before negotiating higher prices with school authorities under a renewed contract,” Alimuddin said.

He added that there was “no excuse” to raise canteen food prices because the main ingredients used were price-controlled items like flour, sugar and subsidised local rice.

Parents unhappy with higher prices should take the matter up with their children’s schools.


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