4. Conclusion

Students' Survey
Vendors' Interview

The vendors know about this problem and often face it. However, countermeasures have been put in place such as asking the students if they want less or more of something. Examples are the Yong Tau Foo store and the Malay Fusion store. This means that the problem we are addressing is the problem of the student's education on food wastage and reluctance of telling the store vendor if they want more or less of something, often resulting in getting served way too much food. Thus, we can only look to the students' point of view, as the vendors can't think of much on their side of the story.


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From the survey done, 6 out of 10 of the completed surveys have a valid response for the question: "Are there any suggestions you could give as to solve this problem"

The tallied data are below:
- Having a campaign or advertisement to prevent food wastage in the school canteen. (1)
- If a person were to waste food, he would be fined $0.10. (1)
- A person can choose the amount of each type of food the person want from the stall. (2)
- Have an assembly talk to the students of all levels to educate them about saving food. (1)
- Allow the students to have a longer recess break. (1)

Cons of the Recommendations/Solutions:

- Having a campaign or advertisement to prevent food wastage in the school canteen:

Firstly, the school already has a lot of posters on the wall to remind the students about food wastage. Secondly, organising a campaign would require lots of time and money, will the school agree to this campaign where the chances of successfully educating the students are very low, temporary or might in turn waste their money?

- If a person were to waste food, he would be fined $0.10:

Will there be a person stationed at the dish collection bins to collect the fine of $0.10? Wouldn't it be strange or awkward if a person were to come forward and ask for $0.10 every single time? The school may have more work for the person to do instead of just standing near the bins, asking for the fine.


- A person can choose the amount of each type of food the person want from the stall:

Does the stall vendors know how much to prepare of each food so as to meet the daily requirement? People may ask for different amount individually, thus it may not be easy to find out how much of a certain type of food they need to prepare daily.

- Have an assembly talk to the students of all levels to educate them about saving food:

We had lots of talks about cyber-bullying in the first half of the year, yet some people still fall prey to cyber-bullies. This proves that talking on stage or having a skit does not work. Students might not pay attention to the talk as it might not seem important or interesting enough.

 - Allow the students to have a longer recess break:

Some of the students are doing badly for almost every subjects. With more time removed from each lesson due to the extended recess, there may be serious consequences. The teacher will have to teach faster as there is a lack of time, as a result, those students with weak foundation may not keep up with the lesson, and might end up with bad or worse grades.


Pros of the Recommendations/Solutions:

- Having a campaign or advertisement to prevent food wastage in the school canteen:

Every students will come face to face with the posters daily. After a period of time, the message might be drilled into them and there might be improvement in the situation of food wastage in school. Although zero food wastage will be a target, is not possible within a short period of time.

- If a person were to waste food, he would be fined $0.10:

Not everybody or everyone in the school is rich. If a student has a valid reason and wastes food, he has to waste $0.10 every meal in school (recess or lunch). If all the $0.10 were to accumulate altogether over a short period of time, it may be enough to eat another meal for some people. This solution/recommendation will only work for those who are poor and money conscious.


A person can choose the amount of each type of food the person want from the stall:

After some close observations, the stall vendors will realise that there is a trend every different day of each different type of food. This can greatly reduce the amount of food wasted each day. The students may eat lesser of the least preferred type of food without making it inconvenient for the stall vendors. Not only did we choose this because of the majority vote from the survey done, also this recommendation or solution has the least negativity and side effects among the 5 recommendations or choices.


 - Allow the students to have a longer recess break:

Having the recess earlier or longer allows students to eat at ease and will be able to complete the food eventually in the matter of time. In the survey done, some said that the serving size is too big and probably having a longer break may solve the problems. On the timetable, it may be 30min but on actual fact, it may be less than 20min. Most teacher who teaches the period before the recess, may take away some of the recess break just to finish what they are teaching. This may be the second reason why having longer recess break is a good solution.

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