EDUCATION Minister Peter Pellegrini promised that the daily contribution of food for children in reform schools will increase by 20 percent to €3.6 after he met Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová.

“I am glad for this step and that we could reach it,” Dubovcová said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “We visit centres to make inspections repeatedly, so we will see how this turns out.”

The change will become effective on September 1 and will cost from €100,000 to €200,000, which will come out of the current Education Ministry’s budget, according to Pellegrini.

Dubovcová claimed in a recent report that children in reform centres and boarding schools suffer from malnutrition According to the report, breakfast for children aged 6-11 in these facilities costs €0.33, while a whole-day meal costs €2.28 per day. The food for 18 year olds costs more: €2.69 per day.

To demonstrate that state financing of food for children in these facilities is insufficient, she brought a sample of the daily menu to the MPs of the parliamentary committee for education in May 2014.

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