Gov’t to oversee preschool lunch fees

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Gov’t to oversee preschool lunch fees

The government will strengthen oversight over the use of lunch fees at private kindergartens, officials said Thursday.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare, and Ministry of Food and Drug Safety announced the plan to prevent kindergartens from misusing taxpayer money for purposes other than providing meals for their children.

The measure comes amid growing public uproar sparked by revelations of numerous cases of financial fraud involving kindergartens.

According to the plan, a private kindergarten with fewer than 100 children and which has no requirement to hire a nutritionist must now register with the government and report the content of their meals to the latter.

The government also said it plans to revise a law by next June to mandate that local authorities take measures against daycare centers that violate the law.

The government said it plans to require daycare centers to report their outlays on meals every month and launch an alarm service if they do not follow the measure starting in the second half of 2019.

The government has been working on various stern measures to improve financial supervision since a lawmaker on Oct. 11 revealed a list of privately run institutions that allegedly committed accounting fraud, misappropriation and other malpractices.

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