The Permanent Secretary of Education, Mrs. Panita Kamphu Na Ayutthaya, recently spoke about funding for free lunches for primary students. The aim of the funding is to solve problems of malnutrition that many Thai students are facing and to provide them with nutritious food.
The strategic plan for the funding is to create a circulating fund project for free lunches for primary students initiated by local Thai schools. The project selected will be given an average of 300,000 baht to get started. With this additional funding, school budgets for free lunches will increase more than 13 Baht per student daily.
Mrs. Panita added that the funding was derived from the interest of around 2 billion baht out of the initial six billion baht which came from an initial government fund of 500 million baht a year. However, even the start of the first semester of the academic year of 2013 is coming up, there are projects asking for funding of only 300 million baht. Therefore, any schools that have not yet proposed a similar project are encouraged to do so.