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Mid-Day Meals and Beyond

Siddheshwar Shuklas article Mid-Day Meal: Nutrition on Paper, Poor Food on the Plate (EPW, 15 February 2014) was insightful. It highlights some pressing concerns through facts and figures on an issue which deals with the physical well-being of children. Nutritious food to schoolchildren is an internationally-identified dimension of quality in education.

It is now established that the mid-day meal scheme has played an important role in increasing enrolment at the elementary level of schooling, which is now almost 97% at all-India level according to the 2013 Annual Status of Education Report. But the question remains, is mere filling of classrooms with children enough? The answer too remains, a big No. Despite making strides in enrolment, education quality, especially in government schools, is slipping.

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