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21 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 August, 2019 02:05:53 AM
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Midday meal in primary schools

THE MIDDAY MEAL WILL ATTRACT CHILDREN FROM DISADVANTAGED SECTIONS TO SCHOOL

The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the National School Meal Policy 2019, aiming to bring all the government primary schools under the midday-meal programme by 2023. The approval came at a cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her office. We welcome the initiative. Initially, the midday-meal programme will be introduced at schools in char, coastal and haor and other backward areas of the country. The school meal is expected to ensure minimum 30 per cent of calories needed for a student each day. The meal will be provided to the students-- aged 3-12-- of preprimary and primary schools.

The midday meal scheme has many potential benefits. It will attract children from disadvantaged sections to school. It will also improve regularity, nutritional benefits and socialisation benefits. Many children do not get enough to eat, which has far-reaching implications for the performance of the country as a whole.

Education is one of the basic human rights as enshrined in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But how many people enjoy this right in the country? When the government has taken various measures for promoting education in the country, including female education, the school dropout problem is a matter of grave concern. It is clear as the daylight that quality education eludes the children belonging to underprivileged classes.

Scores of schools in rural areas lack infrastructural facilities and competent teachers, hampering education. People from urban areas as well as from remote rural areas should enjoy the equal facility of education. There should not be any discrimination in matters of receiving quality education. The poor students should also have access to technical education equally. If it is done, they will acquire the skills to compete in the job market. It will not augur well to keep the children of underprivileged class out of the development process. They should be allowed to play their roles in steering the country ahead.

Students’ dropouts from primary and secondary schools cannot be prevented without collective efforts of all concerned, especially teachers, guardians and community people. Physical and mental development of children is not possible if they are not protected from violence and deprivation since their childhood.

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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