Impact on school canteen stall holders due to school closures or under tightened safe management measures arising from the COVID-19 situation

Published Date: 04 October 2021 09:00 PM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Saktiandi Supaat, Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education with school terms affected by home-based learning (a) what financial assistance is given to school canteen operators who are forced to shut during the school closures; (b) what is the total number of school canteen stall holders currently; and (c) since 2020, how many stall holders have given up their stall licences.

Response

1. To support school canteen operators whose businesses may have been affected by safe management measures arising from the COVID-19 situation, MOE has been granting rental waivers for the affected periods, in line with the rental waivers provided for qualifying tenants in commercial properties owned by Government agencies at the national level in 2020 and 2021.

2. In 2020, MOE granted a 4-month rental waiver for the months of April to August 2020. This excluded the month of May, which was the designated school holiday period in 2020. For 2021, we have granted 2 months of rental waiver for the months of May and July 2021, during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), and will be extending another half-month of rental waiver in October as part of the Government's support for sectors affected by the recent tightened measures.

3. Today, there are about 2,380 school canteen stall holders across our Government and Government-aided schools, a slight decrease from the 2,410 in 2020.

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