Proposal to allow HS students to eat lunch outside cafeteria nixed


The CNMI Board of Education has yet to find common ground on whether students should be able to bring their lunch beyond cafeteria grounds.

In a meeting last Thursday, board chair Marylou Ada refused to grant high school students the privilege to eat lunch away from the cafeteria.

BOE board member Herman Guerrero feels it should continue to be implemented in elementary schools, but that high school students should be granted the same privilege.

According to Guerrero, high school is supposed to teach students responsibility, but restricting them from eating lunch beyond the cafeteria contradicts that. Guerrero understands that high school students choose to spend their breaks in the company of their friends.

According to Guerrero, seating every student in the cafeteria during lunch hour is nearly impossible. In the case of Marianas High School, he said it would take the entire day just to have over 1,600 students eat lunch.

Guerrero said the board is still iffy with the whole discussion.

When asked about the possibility of littering, Guerrero said that both teachers and students should be responsible enough to pick up after themselves and take pride in their school’s surroundings.

Kimberly A. Bautista

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