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Midday meal plan a big failure

HAS THE much hyped midday meal scheme failed to serve its basic objective in the district? The situation in trans-Yamuna at least points towards that. The implementation of scheme in the primary schools of Meja area has raised several points. While on one side the Gram Pradhans were having a tough time in implementing the scheme, on the other side it has badly affected the primary education in the area.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 00:56 IST

HAS THE much hyped midday meal scheme failed to serve its basic objective in the district? The situation in trans-Yamuna at least points towards that. The implementation of scheme in the primary schools of Meja area has raised several
points.

While on one side the Gram Pradhans were having a tough time in implementing the scheme, on the other side it has badly affected the primary education in the area.

Teachers feel the scheme has failed to make any impact on health of children as well as improvement in the drop-out rate of students. Gram Pradhans alleged that the existing funds were not sufficient to maintain the standard of meals and quantity served to students daily.

Being busy in routine activities, the Gram Pradhans have no time to take proper care of the scheme, says Pradhan Ram Awadhesh. According to Rukmani, a teacher, the scheme has given little relief to poor students but it has definitely hit the teaching at the schools.

As the meal gets prepared the entire attention of students draws towards it so they do not show any interest in studies. Some of parents said that no physical development of students was taking place. Instead some cases of mal-nutritious were also reported in rural areas.

A parent, Ram Gopal, said that teaching was already passing through a critical phase due to shortage of teachers at primary schools and now Mid Day Meal has also contributed in its further deterioration.

However, Ram Saran Singh, Director of Basic Education, Allahabad division, claimed this scheme has proved a boon for rural children and attendance of students was maximum at several primary schools. But the quality of meals would have to be improved a lot, he said.

The Government was contemplating to enhance the allotment of funds to improve the quality of the midday meal, he informed.