ASAJAYA: A total of 2,704 pupils from 10 primary schools in Sarawak have been selected to be part of the first batch of 100 schools nationwide to implement the free breakfast programme (PSP) yesterday.
The schools are Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tambirat in Asajaya, SK Penghulu Imban (Selangau), SK Long Lapok (Baram) SK Spaoh (Betong), SK Tuanku Bagus (Simunjan), SK Koran (Serian), SK Abg Haji Mahathir (Sarikei), SK Kampung Seberang (Mukah), SK Abang Leman (Saratok), and SJK Chung Hua Sungai Moyan (Padawan).
According to state Education Department director Dr Azhar Ahmad, compared to the previous year, the number of students participating in the Supplementary Food Programme (RMT) this year has increased by 21 per cent (an increase of 535 pupils).
“Previously, the RMT only involved pupils categorised as hardcore poor, but after several improvements, the Education Ministry (MOE) also included pupils in the B40 category,” he said when launching the PSP at SK Tambirat near here yesterday.
Dr Azhar said the designated operators should follow the 20 menus provided in the handbook provided by the MOE — using the Grab ‘n’ Go concept which is made up of a milk drink or nutritious drink and snacks such as bread, biscuits, cereals, kuih, sandwiches, fruits or hard-boiled eggs.
“In terms of hygiene, we (state Education Department) will constantly monitor the quality, nutritional value and hygiene of food provided by the suppliers,” he said.
Meanwhile, when asked about the implementation of the second batch of PSP, he said the matter had not yet been determined by the MOE.
At the event, 303 pupils at SK Tambirat benefited from the programme.