China allocates 13 bln USD for school meals
BEIJING, Oct 17, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
The Chinese central government has
allocated more than 80 billion yuan (13 billion U.S. dollars) since
2011 to improve nutrition among rural students, the Ministry of
Education said Thursday.
Money has been spent on subsidies for student meals, construction
of school canteens and grants for those from poverty-hit families,
the ministry said on its website.
Regulations have been implemented to ensure timely allocation,
sound management as well as safe and efficient use of the cash.
Vice Minister of Education Lu Xin said at a video conference on
Thursday the construction of school canteens would be stepped up so
that rural students can have meals at their schools by next spring.
Currently, many pupils have to eat outside of school due to a lack of
kitchen equipment and cooks.
Lu urged education officials at all levels to strengthen food
safety supervision in schools and punish those involved in crimes and
corruption concerning food safety.
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