Nongprue kindergarteners served subpar lunches after bureaucratic breakdown

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Parents of Nongprue Kindergarten students are outraged over smaller portions of food being served to their tykes at lunchtime after the school put teachers to work cooking meals.
Parents of Nongprue Kindergarten students are outraged over smaller portions of food being served to their tykes at lunchtime after the school put teachers to work cooking meals.

Parents of Nongprue Kindergarten students are outraged over smaller portions of food being served to their tykes at lunchtime after the school put teachers to work cooking meals.

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Sub-district Councilman Man Inpitak relayed the complaints of parents to the full board Nov. 23, demanding to know why the school’s caterers have been let go and replaced with teachers and staffers.

Education Department Director Wanchai Sumnojittaporn said the sub-district’s contract with its normal cafeteria staff expired and the office failed to hire a new one to replace it in time. Wanchai claimed the newly enacted Government Procurement and Supplies Management Act was more complicated and caused a delay in finding new cooks.

In order to keep the kindergarten kitchen open, the sub-district’s Basic Education Committee decided to have school staffers and even teachers work in the kitchen during lunch.

Unfortunately, he admitted, both the quality and quantity of food declined.

An angry Mayor Mai Chai­yanit called the Education Department’s decisions inappropriate, as teachers are hired to teach, not cook food.

He demanded bureaucrats immediately hire a new catering operation and restore proper food standards for the sub-district’s youngest pupils.