School management committee in Action!

School management committee in Action!


The government said, “it will ensure better health for school children, to go along with their better education, with a mid-day meal scheme.” But the government’s words ring hollow in this school in Chhilla village, District Lalitpur, U.P. As a recent evidence, we found lots of insects, worms in pulses served during a mid-day meal. You’re a member of the SMC (School Management Committee)? Yes. Did SMC ever undertake any meeting in the school? Not till date, but I’ve called a meeting today. So you’ve called a meeting today. What is the date today? Today is… 16th. Do you know the roles and duties of SMC toward the school? SMC oversees construction, mid-day meal… and everything, and proper coordination within the school. Until today, did you ever come to this school? I’ve come many times, but… I was not called… but I’ve come here to see what’s going on in this school. What shortcomings have you seen then? Lots of issues here. For one, consider the mid-day meal here closed. We talked to the Village Head. What is he saying? The Village Head says, “We’ve the budget and we’re ready to give it, but I’m not able to work with the school administration.” There were nineteen sacks full of food stock that had survived from the year 2013, and it was kept with Maniram at his house. Now, you tell me, where have those nineteen sacks of food disappeared? What are you going to do today? I’ve called a meeting, we’ll have a discussion, and let’s see what solution comes out of it. Today we’ve come to this middle school as part of the ongoing SMC meeting. And I’ve noticed this food stock of the mid-day meal–split pigeon peas mixed with yellow split peas–and this whole stock is inedible. It has worms, it has pores, it is totally inedible. Who is responsible for this inedible food stock? Responsibility lies with the Village Head, the headmistress of this school, and also the SMC of this village, whose incapability and failure has ruined the mid-day meal here. I want to see pure, clean and healthy mid-day meals, not only for this school in Chhilla village, but for every school facing issues with mid-day meal… …so that we don’t ruin our children’s health. And viewers like you can help us in this matter by calling the Basic Education Officer of our district on this number. I’m Shankar Lal, from Bundelkhand, Lalitpur, for India Unheard.

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