New Delhi, August 2
The mid-day meals offered to college students in authorities or aided faculties must be supplemented by breakfast, the brand new National Education Policy (NEP) has proposed.
The coverage which was authorized by the Union Cabinet earlier this week has famous that morning hours after a nutritious breakfast could be notably productive for the examine of cognitively extra demanding topics and therefore really helpful growth of the mid-day meal scheme to incorporate provisions for breakfast in faculties.
“Children are unable to learn optimally when they are undernourished or unwell. Hence, the nutrition and health (including mental health) of children will be addressed, through healthy meals and the introduction of well-trained social workers, counsellors, and community involvement into the schooling system,” the coverage mentioned.
“Furthermore, research shows that the morning hours after a nutritious breakfast can be particularly productive for the study of cognitively more demanding subjects and hence these hours may be leveraged by providing a simple but energizing breakfast in addition to mid-day meals,” it added.
In places the place scorching meals aren’t doable, a easy however nutritious meal—groundnuts or chana combined with jaggery and native fruits could also be offered.
“All school children shall undergo regular health check-ups especially for 100 pc immunization in schools and health cards will be issued to monitor the same,” the coverage mentioned.
The revised coverage has proposed that previous to the age of 5 each youngster will transfer to a “preparatory class” or “balavatika”.
“The studying within the preparatory class shall be based mostly totally on play-based studying with a give attention to creating cognitive, affective, and psychomotor talents and early literacy and numeracy. The mid-day meal programme shall even be prolonged to the preparatory Classes in main faculties.
“Health check-ups and growth monitoring that are available in the anganwadi system shall also be made available to preparatory Class students of anganwadi as well as of primary schools,” the coverage doc mentioned.
The National Programme of Mid-Day Meal in Schools, popularly referred to as the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), is an on-going centrally-sponsored scheme which covers all college kids finding out in Classes 1 to eight of presidency, government-aided faculties, particular coaching centres together with ‘Madarsas’ supported below ‘Samagra Shiksha’.
“As per the provisions of National Food Security Act, 2013, children studying in classes 1 to 8 or within the age group of 6-14 years are entitled to one mid day meal free of charge, every day except on school holidays, in all schools run by local bodies, government and government aided schools so as to meet nutritional standards specified in the Act,” a senior HRD Ministry official mentioned.
“However, some States and Union Territories provide additional items such as milk, egg and fruits to students from their own resources,” the official added.
At least 11.59 crore elementary college college students are beneficiaries below the mid-day meal scheme of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, whereas practically 26 lakh cook-cum helpers are employed for a similar.
The Ministry additionally suggested states throughout lockdown to offer mid-day meals or meals safety allowance to college students until faculties are closed because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The NEP replaces the 34-year-old National Policy on Education framed in 1986 and is geared toward paving the way in which for transformational reforms in class and better training techniques to make India a worldwide data superpower.—PTI