‘Mid Day Meal’ for primary students from next year
Published: 02:32 PM, 4 August 2020 Updated: 09:17 AM, 5 August 2020
Students will get food in class gaps in all government primary schools of the country from next year. The government will distribute the food to more than 65,000 schools as part of the ‘Mid Day Meal’ program. Under this, cooked food will be given three days a week and dry food will be given another three days a week.
According to the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, 65,620 government primary schools have been brought under the mid day meal program. For this, a project worth Tk 19,282 crore has been submitted to the Ministry of Planning.
Akram Al Hossain, Senior Secretary of the ministry, said the mid day meal program in primary education is being launched with seriousness. Besides studying, the government will also work to meet the nutritional needs of the students. “Mid Day Meal will be introduced in the primary in 2021 academic year.
Meanwhile, under the school feeding project, primary students are getting biscuits in 104 upazilas. Besides, students of 16 upazilas are getting rice, pulses and edible oil. The government is doing this under the ‘Mid Day Meal’ project as the schools are closed due to coronavirus outbreak.
“This year is very important as we are celebrating the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation. Therefore, it has been decided to complete all the arrangements this year and launch Mid Day Meal from next year,” said State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md. Zakir Hossain.
He added that cooked food and high-quality biscuits were being served to more than 4 lakh students in 16 upazilas of the country. “But as the school is closed for now, we are going door to door. Hopefully, the way the activity is going, it will get a great response from next year,” said Md. Zakir Hossain.
The State Minister said the program will be launched in all government primary schools of the country in phases by 2023 under the ‘National School Meal Policy 2019’.
The school feeding project was launched in 2010 on a small scale. At present, the project is running in primary schools of 104 upazilas. The ‘Mid Day Meal’ has been distributed as a pilot project since 2013. After the success of this pilot project, the ‘National Mid Day Meal Policy 2019’ was formulated.
About this, Director General of the Department of Primary Education Fasiullah said, “As a country, we are slowly moving towards prosperity. The education system is being changed. The Mid Day Meal will play a good role in meeting the nutritional needs of children in primary school. The project will be delivered to every student in the country by 2023.”