On inquiry, the DM was told by village head that no mid day meal was being served to kids for the last eight days due to which children were not coming regularly.(HT Photo)
On inquiry, the DM was told by village head that no mid day meal was being served to kids for the last eight days due to which children were not coming regularly.(HT Photo)

UP: No MDM, kids in 2 govt schools miss school for 8 days!

District magistrate (DM) Vijyendra Pandian was in for a surprise when during an impromptu inspection of government primary and upper primary schools in Piprauli block on Friday, he came to know that children were not coming as they were not being served mid-day meal since April 25.
Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur | By Abdul Jadid, Gorakhpur
PUBLISHED ON MAY 05, 2018 04:09 PM IST

District magistrate (DM) Vijyendra Pandian was in for a surprise when during an impromptu inspection of government primary and upper primary schools in Piprauli block on Friday, he came to know that children were not coming as they were not being served mid-day meal since April 25.

As against a total strength of 150 children, 70 in primary and 80 in upper primary school in Kalani Buzurg of Piprauli block just 15 children were found attending classes while just four teachers, two each in two schools were found teaching.

On inquiry, the DM was told by village head that no mid day meal was being served to kids for the last eight days due to which children were not coming regularly. Those kids who were attending classes were being given banana and samosa by teachers, who arranged the breakfast with their own money.

Angry over the laxity by officials, the DM ordered action against Assistant Basic Shiksha Adhikari (ABSA) and constituted a probe committee to look into the matter. “This seems to be sheer laxity on part of the official concerned. A probe into the matter has been ordered,” said the DM.

The kotedar, (government ration shop owner) Ram Samujh told the DM that he had not received rice for mid day meal since two weeks.

The situation at another primary school was found slightly better with over 26 kids against total strength of 82 attending their classes. Shiksha Mitra Vandana Upadhyay said khichdi was served to student for mid day meal.

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