Earlier this year, we got complaints from netizens about canteen operators serving small food portions to the pupils under the Supplementary Food Programme (RMT).
Following the multiple complaints, the authorities are finally looking into resolving the issue.
According to The Star, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the Education Ministry’s (KPM) current allocation of RM2.50 per pupil in the Peninsula and RM3 in Sabah, Sarawak, and Labuan was not sufficient to cover the cost of raw materials under the RMT menu.
RMT menu 6/7/22 at one of the SK in Pahang. To be specific near railway that is so ‘rapuh’ [yg faham faham yang tak faham buat buat faham]. Price hike kot. @RadziJidin @KemPendidikan pic.twitter.com/ChjPJ463bI— Izwar AWANI (@izwarwahid) July 6, 2022
Thus, the Health Ministry (KKM) has proposed that the Supplementary Food Programme (RMT) rate for primary pupils be increased to RM4 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM5.50 in East Malaysia.
Khairy said the ministry also found that only 61% of schools have complied with the RMT prescribed menus.
However, he said this is not the Education Ministry’s fault but rather the rising prices of raw ingredients and other items recently instead.
“The allocation has to be increased otherwise the children are not getting the required nutrition at schools,” he added.
Khairy said he would be raising a proposal to the Cabinet for a higher meal allocation to ensure that pupils are served with nutritious food.
He said that the education ministry has proposed that the RMT programme continue to be given to some 789,902 pupils from poor families.
Additionally, he also suggested that part of the subsidy was also given to children from other household groups to curb malnutrition.
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