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Making schools more attractive

Making schools more attractive
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Education sector in Jammu and Kashmir has always been making news owing to the dismal performances reflected in the government school when it comes to pass out percentage at the middle, high and secondary school level.
Though this sector has been witnessing lot of criticism but the fact remains that the government at its end has been trying hard to bring in improvements as the sector still gets key portion of the budgetary allocation every year.
Since the past two years the government has introduced major changes in the education sector with path-breaking decisions to ensure quality, equity, accessibility, accountability and affordability in the system, officials said.
The department of School Education too has been trying to effectively implement all schemes and projects envisaging a notable improvement in the existing curriculum besides embarking upon various innovative new projects and works.
In the recently announced budget for 2022-23, the highest allocation has been for the education department at Rs 11,832 crore.
Under the budgetary provisions one of the key scheme that has been covered is the MDM Scheme. The programme is designed to improve nutritional standing of school-age children nationwide. The new budget proposes that only fortified rice be served to about 8.30 lakh students at elementary level (I to VIII) under MDM scheme for improving nutritional health of students.
However, one of the key aspects that was seen missing over the years in implementing this scheme properly was the monitoring mechanism. Now the scheme will be monitored scientifically as a software application developed by CBSE is to be utilized for monitoring the implementation fully.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, which is successfully implementing its own school lunch programme in the country, is to be involved in serving hot cooked meal to students enrolled in schools located in urban areas of Jammu and Samba District on a pilot basis. At Akshaya Patra, the menu is designed and implemented after taking into consideration various factors, including regional palate, taste, and flavours. Menu diversity is achieved by using a wide variety of seasonal vegetables and locally available ingredients.
The MDM scheme has helped in increasing the rolls in government schools in various rural as well as urban areas. The thought that the school going kids will get a full course meal that is nutrient efficient has ensured that the underprivileged kids feel attracted towards schools and in the end get educated and experience physical growth as well.


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