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Regularity in Serving Meal. Centralized kitchen agency was providing food meals over all the schools since June 2011. It was found that providing meal was not hot and good quality, hence U.T Govt. disqualified the agency. Now meal cooked at school level. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
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  • Indian Institute of Education, PuneMid Day Meal ProgrammeObservations

    Period 1st April to 31st October 2012

    UT of Dadra & Nagar Haveli 17 25 September 2012

  • Districts covered under study Hingoli (10-18 July 2012)Nanded (23-30 July 2012)Gadchiroli (6-13 August 2012)Amravati (21-28 August 2012)Yavatmal (3-8 September 2012) The MI Monitored 193 schools and 7 KGBVs in these 5 districts.

  • Regularity in Serving Meal

    Interruption in providing cooked meal was found in 30 schools (15.54%).The reason for interruption was delay in supply of food grains including rice, pulses and condiments supplied by agency appointed by the state.In all schools (100%) reported that food grains had been supplied as per the marked weight. Except 5 schools (4-Nanded,1-Hingoli) the food grains were delivered at the door step of all schools.Quality of food grains was found to be good in all schools.

  • Trends

    All children enrolled in the school have opted for Mid day Meal and there is no variation between the number of children availing the MDM as per MDM register and the no of children actually availing MDM on the day of visit.

  • Cooking cost

    None of the schools received cooking cost regularly. It is received after gap of 3-4 months and the same is paid through bank in all schools.

  • No discrimination of any kind was observed in any school.In most of the schools the children were used to stand in queue and take the meals then they sat at school verandah or open shady place in groups.

    Social Equity

  • Menu

    The state has given 4 different menu to all districts suggesting them to select one of it for their district. The authority to select the menu was given to the committee constituted under the chairmanship of the district CEO. A variety in the food preparation as given in prescribed menu was found.A weekly menu was not displayed at place noticeable to community in 46 schools (23%)

  • Quality of food

    In 144 schools (74.61%) quality of food was found to be good. In 2 schools (1.04%) quality of food was found to be poor.Register of daily vegetable items and quantity may be maintained at school

  • Supplementary Food

    Health cards have been maintained in most of the schools (98.45%).The state has supplied micronutrient supplementation IFA syrup to the I to V class children and IFA capsule to VI to VIII class children.The annual health checkup was found to be conducted in all schools.

  • Status of Cook

    According to the new norms cook and helper were appointed in most of the schools (69.04%).They have opened their bank account. None of the schools had paid remuneration to cook /helper regularly.

  • Social composition of the cook/ helpers

    Cooks and helpers appointed by the SMCs are mostly from the underprivileged sections of the society.Heath checkup of the cook and helper is neglected in all schools.

  • Continued

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  • Infrastructure

    Out of 193 schools, pucca kitchen shed was available in 112 schools(58.03%). Where kitchen shed was not available, the food was cooked in school verandha in 12 schools (6.22%), spare classroom in 35 schools(18.13%), open yard in 17 schools (8.81%), cooks home in 9 schools(4.66%) temperory shed in 15 schools (7.77%).

  • Continued

    Mostly kitchen sheds are constructed under SSA,MDM and Manav Vikas Mission.In 7 schools (7.53%) kitchen shed was constructed but it was not in use and the reason was inadequate space. The kitchen sheds constructed under various schemes are very small in size. Its size is appropriate only for the schools having primary classes and enrolment below 100 children

  • Continued

    The size of the kitchen shed should be reconsidered with respect to the strength of the school. Lack of storage space in large no of schoolsFood grains were stored in the classroom in 71 schools (36.79%) and in the HMs office in 24 schools (12.43%).

  • Continued

    93.55% of the schools have potable water for cooking and drinking.89.12% of the schools have adequate utensils.95.85% of the schools are using firewood as fuel. LPG is used only 4.15% schools.Poor condition of safety and hygiene was observed in 13.43% schools. In most of the schools (95.85%) children are encouraged to wash their hands before and after eating food.

  • Community Participation and Awareness

    In all schools the SMCs, parents were supervising and monitoring the MDM scheme.Frequency of such supervision was found to be inadequate.The main reason: Most of the parents are farmers or farm workers and cannot spare time due to their work

  • Continued

    The overall participation of community to improve the quality and variety in preparation was found to be poor in all schoolsNo roster was maintained in most of schools by the community members for supervision of MDM. Teachers were not found to be keen about such thing.

  • Continued

    Very few parents, community members were aware about the quantity of meal per child and the entitlement of quantity and types of nutrients in MDM per child as prescribed in the menu.Orientation of parents and community needs to be taken care of.

  • Inspection

    MDM is inspected regularly either by the school teacher, headmasters and CRC coordinatorsThe most common remark by CRCC and Block level visiting officers: According to the menu mid-day meal was prepared and served No specific suggestions were made regarding the preparation and its quality.

  • Impact

    All schools reported that the MDM had helped to improve the attendance.The health record (weight, height etc.) registeres provided by State which may indicate the improvement in wellbeing of children and nutritional status is not maintained by the any of the schools.Inspecting authority need to take serious note about this matter.

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  • Centralized kitchen agency was providing food meals over all the schools since June 2011. It was found that providing meal was not hot and good quality, hence U.T Govt. disqualified the agency. Now meal cooked at school level. In period of 12 to 18 June 2012 none of the school had provide cooked meal. Extra interruption was found in 4 schools (PS Salkarpada, PS Rohitwas, PS Bildhari, CPS Dapada)The reason for interruption was centralized kitchen agency had disqualified by UT and no supply of food grains in time.In all schools (100%) reported that food grains had been supplied as per the marked weight. The quality of food grains was good in all schoolsIn 23 schools food grains were not delivered at the door step reason- Food grains delivered at CPS.

  • Most of the children opted for Mid day Meal.

    Cooking Cost All the schools had received advance of cooking cost, through bank.

  • No discrimination of any kind was observed in any school.

    Students sit in verandah or open place and cook/helper serves.

    Menu

    The U.T Govt. had selected one type of menu to all schools.

    A weekly menu was not displayed at noticeable place to community in 10 schools.

    In 35 schools (87.5%) quality of food was found to be good.

  • As per menu card banana is included thrice in a weekAnnual medical health checkup was done at school level. Health checkup card was available along with photograph of child in every school.Micronutrient supplement was not provided in any school ( folic acid tablets/ syrup etc.)

    Status of CookPart time cooks and helpers were selected by SMC and appointed by district panchayat on daily wages.According to the new norms cook and helper were not appointed in some schools. Waterman and sweeper were appointed in each school.Remunerations of cooks/helpers was irregular

  • Cooks and helpers appointed by the SMCs are mostly from the ST category Heath checkup of the cook and helper is neglected in all schools.

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  • Out of 40 schools, only 1 school had pucca kitchen shedWhere kitchen shed was not available, the food was cooked in school verandah in 10 schools (25.64%), spare classroom in 15 schools(38.46%), cooks home in 1 schools(2.56%), temporary shed in 4 schools (10.27%),teacher quarter in 9 schools (23.07%). Lack of storage space in most of the schoolsIt is suggested to give first priority to provide pucca kitchen to mostly urban populated area All schools had portable water for drinking and cooking.All schools had adequate utensils for cooking and plates for meal.In all schools LPG gas was used as fuel.Food was prepared in spare classroom however safety measures need to be attended.

  • In most of the schools the SMCs, parents were supervising and monitoring the MDM scheme.

    Frequency of such supervision was found to be inadequate.

    The main reason: Most of the parents are from ST community they are busy in field and cannot spare time due to their work.

    Most of the parents, community members were not aware about the quantity of food grains per child.

    Orientation of parents and community needs

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