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The Ministry of Education is considering drafting a new policy to govern the operation of canteens and tuck shops at public schools.

Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, made this disclosure during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday January 25 at Gordon House, as he responded to questions from Opposition Member of Parliament, Dr. Peter Phillips, regarding recent audits in several schools.

One such audit, carried out by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, revealed that $1.8 million was missing from the tuck shop at Porus High School in Manchester. Mr. Holness, however, said that Porus High School was not the only High School with problems with canteen operations, or other forms of audit queries.

“We are now considering seriously, whether or not we should develop a policy position on how school canteens ought to be operated. The suggestion that we’re now considering, is whether or not we should just make it a mandatory position that all school canteens should be contracted out on a concessionary basis,” Mr. Holness said.

The Education Minister also disclosed that for the school year 2008 to 2009, 72 schools were audited by the Ministry, while for the period 2009 to 2010, 83 schools were audited.