Posted: Friday, September 16, 2022. 11:51 am CST.
By Hugh O’Brien: In light of recent allegations made against the cafeteria at Sacred Heart College, the institution issued a press release on Thursday saying that “it is alarming to see how such allegations, misconstrued via social media, are recirculated irresponsibly by many parties without proper investigation and communications with the school”.
“Sacred Heart College is committed to giving the best educational experience to our student body and this includes our cafeteria…We have remained committed to provide quality, healthy and affordable food for all our students during all these years and continue to do so, especially given a post-pandemic reopening.”
According to the High School, all students have the option to purchase food at any time even outside of the regular break or lunch time, as long as they obtain approval from the Vice-Principal for Student Affairs. Students are also allowed to pre-order food from the cafeteria to avoid long lines and waiting.
The claims made on social media that outsiders can no longer deliver food to students at the school were debunked by the College. “Purchasing food at the cafeteria is optional for students, faculty and staff since food can be delivered labelled with the student’s name and class and left at the security booth for students to pick up,” claims the Institution.
The comments on Breaking Belize News (BBN) that followed the posting of the full press release on our page did not appear to agree with its contents. “Don’t try to deny what is known to be true by every student and past student. At one point in time there were 2 cafeteria and way less than 900 students and food was never a problem. Now 1 cafeteria and over 900 students…What is so hard to invest in 2 more wooden structures and rent them out to give the students much needed options on campus,” posted one reader.
“This is B…, if this is the case, why are so many alumni complaining about the poor food conditions,” said another.
Sacred Heart College accepts that there is only one cafeteria on the campus but that “different foods and prices are available to suit the budget and interest of all students”.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness also conducted an announced Food Premises Inspection of the school cafeteria, and the School claims that “the officials found everything to be in order”.
Clearly all is not well, or at least there is need for continuous improvements at the cafeteria as Sacred Heart College itself requested patience and understanding from stakeholders as “we make adjustments, and transition into normalcy after school was closed for almost 2 years”. The College committed to make the necessary adjustments by October 1st 2022.
Being my ‘alma mater’, am expectant that Sacred Heart College will make the necessary adjustments and if possible open up the one and only cafeteria to some level of competition to allow for more options to be available for students and staff to have a wholesome meal while at school.
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