IT is good that all primary school pupils would be given free breakfast from next year. At present, only selected pupils from poor families are given free breakfast in school. The upcoming sugar tax would provide revenue for the government to finance the free breakfast scheme. From July 1, a tax of RM0.40 per litre will be imposed on drinks with more than 5g of sugar or sugar-based sweetener per 100ml, as well as fruit and vegetable juices with sugar content of more than 12g per 100ml.
It is also hoped that the Education Ministry would review the existing free breakfast menu
comprising nasi lemak, mee hoon, fried rice, chapatti and other local food for a healthier option. Oats, cereals and bread should be the ideal breakfast food for schoolchildren. Many would argue that most children would not take these for breakfast because they are not used to them.
We have to instil in children the habit of eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast, and having oats and cereals would be a good start to their day of learning.
During my schooldays, we were given oats, cereal or bread for breakfast. We had no choice but to eat them in front of our teachers.
Sadly, some children are spoiled for choice when it comes to their breakfast food.