Mid-day meal provided by the schools was to give the students with quality of food and also to check the drop-out rates. The provision was made especially for the weaker section of the society. But with the rise of mid-day meal scheme, school tends to focus more on food than on quality of education. This was noticed and said by Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar on tying up with mid-day meals with Aadhaar Number.
His ministry said, there plan is to now focus on the students who were not able to acquire minimum education even till class 8th.
In Rajya Sabha during Questioning Hour, Javadekar said, many schools have just become the schools with the provision of mid-day meal schools where the students are neither detained or failed in a class they are studying because of the law which states “Right to Education” law which is mandatory till class 8th. He further added, “These schools were reduced to coming, eating and going.”
In all, the states are demanding to amend the “no-detention” policy. Javadekar explaines, no-detention policy is a serious issue, as there are many students in class 6th who are unable to read a lesson which is meant for class 2 or students of class 7th unable to solve the mathematical problem of class 3rd child.
The ministry of Javadekar was handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and since then many changes are being seen in the education system. Earlier, ministry made all the students of class 10th to attempt boards in the schools affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Further they also introduced a uniform pattern of books, exams and evaluation from standard 6th.