Menu of free breakfast to be set after discussions

PETALING JAYA: The menu and budget for the Free Breakfast Programme (PSP) for primary school children are still being discussed, says Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.

This is to ensure that pupils will get a nutritious breakfast of the best quality.

“The programme aims to provide nutritious food based on caloric value and balanced nutrition to ensure pupils practise a healthy lifestyle, which will stimulate their growth process.

“The menu will be determined after discussions with the Health Ministry, nutritionists and the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, ” he said yesterday.

On Monday, Maszlee told reporters that all 2.7 million primary school pupils would be given free food under a programme slated to start in January.

In a posting on Instagram Story yesterday, he explained that the plan was to serve the meals for about half an hour.

Meal times will be between 7am and 8.30am for the morning session, and noon and 4pm for the afternoon session, he added.

He also said the programme would not be extended to preschool and secondary school students.

The PSP, he said, would be run by canteen operators and would follow the current Supplementary Food Programme model.

“A special committee will be formed to discuss in detail the provisions that will be used for the PSP.

“The PSP is expected to benefit pupils in government and government-aided primary schools, ” he said.

Source: TheStar