To: The Principal
Unsatisfactory Condition of the School Canteen
During the months of April and May 2012, ten members of the Health and
Cleanliness Club of Sekolah Menengah Taman Kunning observed the school canteen
and rated it in terms of hygiene, affordability of food sold and student
satisfaction. Here is a report of our findings.
Most students are not happy with the cleanliness of the canteen. The drains that
surround the canteen are always clogged and
give off a stink. Students who occupy the table close to the drain say that
sometimes the stench is so unbearable they have to move away and eat whilst
standing. Because of the stinking drains, there are many flies in the canteen.
Students have to constantly wave their hand over their food just to prevent the
flies from settling on the food. This makes eating a rather stressful
experience. Besides, the canteen floor is oily and slippery. The canteen
emits a distinctive musty smell. None of us
have witnessed the canteen being washed although we have heard that it is washed
at weekends. This is hard to believe as the canteen seems no cleaner on Monday
than it is on Friday.
We have also noted that those serving the food tend to use their hands
instead of a pair of tongs. For example, they sprinkle peanuts and slices of
cucumber over a plate of nasi lemak using their bare hands. This can be
quite off-putting as we are not sure if the
workers have washed their hands prior to handling food. We have also noted that
food is handled with the same hand that has handled money. This is definitely
unhygienic. Certainly the canteen needs to give more priority to hygiene when
Another problem students have with the canteen has to do with the prices of the
food sold. Most of the food is too expensive. A plate of plain rice with two
servings of vegetables costs RM2.60. Not many students can afford to pay this
price every day. Those who decide to buy the fried rice are disappointed. The
portion is very small but it costs RM1.2. Many students have complained they
cannot afford to eat at the canteen every day as most of the food is too costly.
Generally speaking, students are not satisfied with the services rendered by the
present proprietor of the canteen. More and more students are staying away from
the canteen. They bring sandwiches or a packed meal from home. This is not very
convenient. We would like the canteen to meet our needs. We hope they will
improve and make a greater effort to please the students of the school.
Name : Tan Ah Kaw