Ministry stands by Grantley Adams School move to be rid of vendors
Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School in West, St. Joseph.
As the Ministry of Health and Wellness works to inculcate good eating habits and healthy lifestyles with a push towards good dietary options, students at one country secondary school pushed back when their food vendors were turned away.
However, today, the Ministry of Education is standing by the school management's decision to get rid of the food vendors.
A press release stated:
"The Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training is aware of the issues surrounding the student protests at the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School. The Acting Minister of Education, Senator Lucille Moe and other Officers from the Ministry of Education visited the school and are satisfied that the correct procedure was followed by the administration of the school as it relates to the removal of the vendors from the school premises.
"The Ministry’s first priority must be the security of the children and food safety. To this end, the Ministry supports the directives of the administration of the school that students will not be allowed to leave the school premises without permission during the school day."
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To the relief of the students who were not frequenting the on-campus canteen, the Ministry asserted that "health inspectors from the Ministry of Health and Wellness conducted an inspection of the canteen at the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School on Wednesday and were satisfied that it met the requisite health standards. The Boards of Management of the Secondary Schools will continue to work with Canteen Concessionaires to ensure that they comply with the requisite food handling standards and that they maintain a high nutritional quality of food served.
"Discussions will continue with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to develop a policy document on Nutrition for students that will be shared with all canteen operators."
And the Ministry went one step further to try and get parents and guardians with the shift towards healthy eating as well as calling on them to encourage the students to follow the rules of their school.
Earlier this week, in another section of the media, students were seen climbing the school fence at the St. Joseph location to go seek alternatives at lunchtime.
The Ministry pleaded: "Parents, guardians and members of the public are asked not to encourage students of any school to disregard the directives of school administration.
"We need the cooperation of teachers, students, parents, media and the general public as we work together to enhance the education of children in our schools."
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