WITH 143 more schools providing lunch and noon care for students this school year, there are now a total of 523 schools in Shenzhen that provide such services, according to the Shenzhen Economic Daily.
Schools in China normally have a noon break from 12 to 2 p.m. when students ought to go home for lunch. However, many working parents, especially those with young school children, are unable to go back home at noon to cook lunch and take care of their children.
According to a survey regarding lunch and noon services, nearly 60 percent of Shenzhen parents wish their children could have lunch and take the noon break at school rather than commuting between the school and their home. However, many parents are not satisfied with the noon services provided by schools.
This July, the Shenzhen Municipal Government released, for the first time in China, a document requiring all schools of compulsory education to provide lunch and noon services for students within three years.
The document also listed specific requirements and guidance for the lunch and noon services provided by the schools.
Xiangnan Primary School in Nanshan District is one of the schools that started providing lunch for students this year.
One-third of the school's students have registered to have lunch and take a noon break in their classrooms this year. Every school day at noon, the school canteen offers four dishes and one soup for its on-campus students.