Our school (private secondary) just opened a canteen, and it is of type where we have to order food and wait while it is prepared. Before this there was an arrangement with nearby restaurant for students and we schools staff used to go out and continued going out.
Now our school is forcing us to use canteen but their are few problems with that like,
- Lack of choices
- No proper seating arrangement
- Pricey as compared to other places
- Time management issue as students and staffs have to use canteen at the same time
- Quality of food prepared
We have discussed with school committee on solving these issues and few of these may get resolved. I was wondering if it is a common practice for schools (or institutions) to force their staff to use canteen?
Note: We are allowed to bring lunch so that we don't have to go out but me and my colleagues rarely do that, so we always went out.
Update: We discussed about these issues with principal and canteen team and came to a conclusion that the teachers who would like to go out can do so provided they are back in time, school will solve seat arrangement problem, canteen team will provide choices while maintaining the quality. Time management issue is solved as teachers are allowed to visit canteen whenever they don't have class and price will not be higher than outside but might be similar or cheaper depending on item.