Next Order of Business
After the last batch of students graduate in December, the closure of four JCs will leave some jobless, and without clear direction for where to go next. Most canteen vendors are still looking for similar positions in other schools, or positions in F&B, preferring to remain in the industry due to familiarity and experience.
Canteens are a place for laughter and relaxation. But these days, the mood in the Tampines JC canteen is a little quieter.
Like Vince, most of the vendors do not have ‘A’ Level certificates. In Singapore where the paper chase is dire, this limits where they can go after the college closes.
And the vendors are already feeling the pinch. A reduced student population means their earnings are starved, with fewer students patronising their stalls.
While many of us have probably forgotten about Newton’s Laws, we can definitely recall the canteen food we used to eat. It will always hold a special place in our hearts, and stomachs. In this photo series, we speak to canteen vendors from Tampines JC, where we asked them about the students, their time with the school and their future plans.