'Allow parents to taste mid-day meal before serving to students'

  • Neha Arora, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2015 22:51 IST

Rapping the authorities for the poor quality of mid-day meal served in the state's schools, the director general school education has ordered schools to allow atleast two parents per day to taste the mid-day meal before serving it to the students.

The director general school education (DGSE) has issued orders to all the district education officers to instruct the headmaster and principals of the schools to allow a minimum of two parents of students of the concerned schools to taste the meal first before serving it to the students.

"If the parents find the quality of the food satisfactory, then the authorities could further serve it," said district education officer (secondary) Harinderpal Singh.

The report of the quality of mid-day meal would be further reported in a test register to be maintained by every school.

"The parents will write their remarks on the test register daily about their satisfaction about the midday meal," he added.

The order said that action against the school heads would be taken if they would not maintain the register regularly.

The step has been taken by the education department taking cognisance of unremitting complaints against the poor quality food served in the schools.

"For midday meal, intensive training should be provided to cooks and helpers on safe and nutritious cooking habits," the order read adding that the meal should be checked by members of the school managing committee every day before distributing it to students.

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