Mother’s Day gift: ‘Maa’ committee to check mid-day meal quality in UP schools

It’s a Mother’s Day gift for lakhs of children and their moms in Uttar Pradesh. “Maa” will now keep an eye on midday meals served to students in state-run primary schools to ensure that they get nutritious food prepared in hygienic conditions.“In view of a number of complaints related to quality of midday meal being served in primary schools, there will be ‘maa’ in every school. It will be a committee of six mothers, from all sections of society, whose students are studying in that school,” UP basic education minister Anupma Jaiswal.From cleanliness in kitchen, to quality of food being served to children, they will keep an eye on minute details.The state government is expecting a change in atmosphere of primary schools this session with directives being issued for punctuality of teachers and introduction of new uniforms and school bags.“To ensure presence of teachers in schools, it has also been decided to put up their phone numbers with photographs in schools. It will help parents to contact them in case they are absent,” the minister said.The state government is also considering a proposal to declare “no school bag day” on Saturdays in state-run schools. Students will be allowed to come to school without their school bags on Saturdays so that they can enjoy themselves in creative activities, she said.It will establish a good rapport between students and teachers and help in their personality development.Earlier, the Yogi Adityanath government decided to bid goodbye to the khaki dress worn by students of government schools.From the session starting July, they will be seen in a new uniform comprising pink-and-white check shirt with brown collar and brown trousers for boys and similar shirt with brown skirt for girls. At the senior-level, girl students will wear brown salwar, red kurta with a brown dupatta.

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