Last Updated: 30 May 2022

Selection criteria and process for school canteens

Learn about the selection criteria and process for appointment of stallholders in schools' canteens.

Selection criteria

  • Able to provide food and drinks that meet the health/nutritional standards set by the Health Promotion Board.
  • Able to provide good service and quality food at reasonable prices.
  • Able to observe a high standard of food and personal hygiene.

Selection process

Appointment of individual stallholders in new schools

  • A new school usually invites applications for canteen stalls in August before the school opens in the new year.
  • Applications are not selected on a first-come-first serve basis.
  • Applicants can obtain the application forms from the Customer Service Centre at MOEHQ, North Buona Vista Drive or download it at MOE Internet.
  • The Canteen Selection Committee will select the most suitable candidates.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.
  • Successful candidates will have to register and pass the Basic Food Hygiene Course (WSQ BFHC) and then apply for a hawker license from National Environment Agency(NEA).
  • All applicants will be informed by the school of the outcome of their applications by November/December.

Appointment of stallholders in existing schools

  • The school invites new applications when any of the existing stallholder leaves the school. This is usually advertised at MOE Internet, the school gate and at the nearby Community Clubs.
  • Applicants should apply to the school directly.
  • The School Canteen Committee will evaluate the applications and select the most suitable candidates.
  • Successful candidates will have to register and pass the Basic Food Hygiene Course (WSQ BFHC) and then apply for hawker license from the National Environment Agency (NEA).