A NEW canteen policy for schools is expected to introduce students to healthy food choices and incorporate nutrition in curriculum for all levels of formal and non-formal education.
The policy was discussed by education representatives from around the country during an education forum in Suva yesterday.
The policy objective is to ensure that food security is promoted and practised at all levels of education and improves and maintains all aspects of food quality and safety.
Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji trustee Bhuwan Dutt said the policy was important because it would ensure that schools provided nutritious food and drinks.
Mr Dutt said the policy would teach children to eat healthy meals every day and direct food services towards obtaining and maintaining optimal quality and safety.
"This policy proposed by the Ministry of Education is a good policy because school canteens will not sell unhealthy foods and drinks to students anymore," Mr Dutt said.
"Other people could also benefit from the policy, such as farmers who will be selling their goods to school canteens."
He said children would buy locally grown foods which would help farmers earn more.