Mangalore: The Dakshina Kannada education department will organise special training programmes for teachers and midday meal workers serving in government and aided schools with an aim to ensure safety and hygiene in midday meal kitchens.
The training will commence from October first week during the Dasara holidays break in schools and will be held at hobli and cluster levels for four to five days.
Through this initiative the department will ensure better quality service to schoolchildren and train cooks them on the aspects of handling emergency situations while using LPG cylinders for cooking. The department of health and family welfare will also be a part of the training programmes to create awareness on various health issues and hygienic food.
Mid-day meal scheme is the world’s largest noon meal programme and currently employs 24.58 lakh cook-cum-helpers under it. Nearly 10.52 crore children are being served mid-day meals in 12.18 lakh schools on a daily basis.
What steps should government take to ensure the quality of mid-day meals?