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New Education Policy: Breakfast for school children besides mid-day meals

The mid-day meals supplied to college students in authorities or aided colleges ought to be supplemented by breakfast, the brand new National Education Policy (NEP) has proposed. The coverage which was authorised by the Union Cabinet earlier this week has famous that morning hours after a nutritious breakfast might be significantly productive for the research of cognitively extra demanding topics and therefore recommended growth of the mid-day meal scheme to incorporate provisions for breakfast in colleges.

“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 said.

“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 areas the place scorching meals aren’t attainable, a easy however nutritious meal– groundnuts or chana blended with jaggery and native fruits could also be supplied. “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 said.

The revised coverage has proposed that previous to the age of 5 each little one will transfer to a “preparatory class” or “balavatika”.

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“The learning in the preparatory class shall be based primarily on play-based learning with a focus on developing cognitive, affective, and psychomotor abilities and early literacy and numeracy. The mid-day meal programme shall also be extended to the preparatory Classes in primary schools. “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 said.

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 school children finding out in Classes 1 to eight of presidency, government-aided colleges, particular coaching centres together with ‘Madarsas’ supported under ‘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 said.

“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 school college students are beneficiaries under the mid-day meal scheme of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, whereas almost 26 lakh cook-cum helpers are employed for the identical.

The Ministry additionally suggested states throughout lockdown to supply mid-day meals or meals safety allowance to college students until colleges are closed because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The NEP replaces the 34-year-old National Policy on Education framed in 1986 and is aimed toward paving the way in which for transformational reforms in school and better education programs to make India a world data superpower.

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