Government schools across the state will resume activities days before their scheduled reopening on Monday as the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has asked officials to visit schools and ensure adequate stock and quality of food grains and other mid-day meal (MDM) items.
Classes in government schools will resume on Monday after 26 days of Dasara holidays and the DPI wants to ensure nothing goes wrong on reopening day. Deputy Directors of Public Instruction and Block Education Officers have been directed to “verify the availability and usability of food grains, milk powder, iron and folic acid supplements and gas” before academic activities resume.
“The schools have been closed from October 2 and meals have not been cooked since. All the food grains and other items have been stored without any supervision and we want to ensure everything is intact to prepare food and serve children on Monday,” said S Jayakumar, Joint Director, MDM. Officials have also been asked to ensure cleanliness in all schools, he added.
The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which manages five residential schools, has issued fresh guidelines on safety measures to be followed while preparing meals.