The grouping of school canteen managers and cooks in the Slovak Republic expresses dissatisfaction with the current situation in school canteens and not solving their long-term financial and personnel problems. In some school cafeterias, the cookbooks dressed in red T-shirts or wore a red ribbon as a sign of dissatisfaction.

Employees of school canteens are dissatisfied with the inaction of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic regarding financial bands for the purchase of food for the production of one meal according to the age categories of boarders issued by the Ministry. They claim that they cause a significant over-execution of financial limits for food in school canteens with a negative impact on the budgets of schools and founders.

At the same time, they call on the Ministry of Education to adjust the financial bands for the purchase of food for the production of one meal according to the age categories of boarders so that to take into account the current situation of rising food prices. They are also dissatisfied with the staffing and financial provision of school canteens, as well as with the remuneration of staff. They claim that it is again below the minimum wage without any motivation for the current and next generation to work for school meals.


The Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic, Branislav Gröhling (SaS), said on Wednesday (May 11) that the government had prepared a proposal within the bands published by the Ministry of Education for school canteens, adding two more bands. “This whole proposal is communicated either with methodologists or with individual experts.

We also had a discussion with the Minister of Labor Milan Krajniak (We are a family) on how the subsidy would increase. Because if we increase the bands and do not increase the subsidy, of course we will pass on to the parents the additional costs they will have to pay“said the head of the education department.

According to the Minister of Education, the discussions are still ongoing because they are directly linked to financial costs that the Ministry of Labor does not have. “I believe that we will reach a point very quickly so that the local authorities can amend their generally binding regulations and subsequently raise the bands regarding boarding in school canteens,” Gröhling added.

Matovic (49) with Gröhling (48)

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