Students refuse to eat in canteen as prices raised

Over 1,000 students at a high school in Shengzhou, Zhejiang Province are refusing to have their meals at the school canteen in protest after the prices were raised, and this has led to economic losses of tens of thousands of yuan for the school, the Qianjiang Evening News reported Thursday.

Last week, the cafeteria of Shengzhou No. 1 High School announced its decision to raise its prices for dishes. The next day, the price of meat dishes was raised by one yuan and those containing meat were raised by 0.5 yuan.

Many of the pupils are bringing food from home or are ordering takeout, and some of them are simply skipping lunch.

Teachers were sent to count the number of students staying in the classrooms during the lunch break, and tried to persuade them to have lunch in the canteen, but only a few students agreed.

The canteen managers have had to throw away much of its food.

Qian Yijun, manager of the canteen reportedly said that the prices of food and labor costs have soared in recent months.

He said the canteen has lost 30,000 to 40,000 yuan ($4,503-6,004 ) every month since August.

China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) issued a statement on November 23, detailing various measures to institute price controls amid the inflation, including keeping prices stable in student cafeterias.

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