Notwithstanding the recommendation laid out by the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission last November for the augmentation of mid day meal facilities, several defaulter schools, including a school in Chachoda, Guna has miserably failed to comply by the rule.
The recommendation came in November after the report came out of school children being forced to feed from the ground due to lack of plates and other utensils.
The HT on October 19 reported that there are only 12 plates for 47 students at Rozra Chakkar Government Primary School. A group of three to four students were compelled to partake meals from one plate, added the report.
What were the MPHRC recommendations?Prompted by such unrelenting issues, the MPHRC stepped in and set guidelines with a recommendation to provide cooking space, ideal place to dine, enough number of plates, potable drinking water facilities and provide workers for cleaning utensils.
Disregarding the ardent recommendations, a school in Guna remains adamant. It is reported that school children were forced to fetch water and wash utensils after their meal.
Moreover, the school has no toilet facilities and portable drinking water facilities for the students and it’s in a dilapidated state.
In another regrettable situation in September this year, two class 5 students of government primary school in Chhatarpur were found preparing the mid-day meal as directed by the school.
The HT reported in March this year of one class 3 student in Damoh drowning in a well when the child went out to fetch water after the mid-day meal.Findings from survey
- According to a recent survey conducted by Child Rights and You, it was brought to notice that 27 per cent of schools across Madhya Pradesh are serving mid-day meals without properly cooking them
- The report reveals that these schools did not even have a designated kitchen or cooking space
- Over 77 per cent of schools across the state did not have a potable drinking facilities and toilets while 8 per cent of schools did not have a single toilets at all
- 14 per cent of these schools did not have water facilities and the students have to draw water from hand pumps and wells