The sale of fast food and soft drinks in school canteens is prohibited. The Education Minister has given instructions to all Principals to adhere to the relevant circular with immediate effect.
The Education Ministry has already released the special circular banning the sale of fast food and soft drinks in school canteens. It has been reported to the Health Ministry that these instructions are not been adhered to. Attention was directed to this matter during a special gathering on the theme “Safeguard the Health of School Children.” Deputy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has requested Minister Bandula Gunawardena to enforce this regulation in all schools. Based on this request, accordingly, the Education Minister has issued instructions to Principals to heed the regulation. The Public Health Unit of the Health Ministry is to examine food items sold by school canteens.