College canteens get subsidies

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 December, 2007, 12:00am

A total of 50.76 million yuan has been allocated to subsidise college canteens to ensure food price stability ahead of the winter break next month, the Ministry of Finance announced.

Students have been hit by a rapid increase in prices at canteens caused by soaring prices of meat, energy and water on the mainland this year.

In September, over 18,000 students at Guangdong University of Technology staged a boycott of its canteens. The boycott sent shockwaves through Beijing, which has been sensitive to student campaigns since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.