Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has assembled a conference with state education ministers to examine issues identified with COVID-19, school fees, and mid-day meal programs, officials said on Monday, The meeting will be held through video conferencing.
Union HRD Minister Discussed Fee, mid-day meal program, and Other Issues
“The HRD minister will interact with state education ministers through video call tomorrow to discuss issues like handling of COVID-19, mid-day meal programme and Samagra Shiksha programme,” a senior Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry official said.
Prior to Monday, Pokhriyal interacted with parents online and addresses different issues, including inaccessibility of books and uncertainty over board exams, emerging because of the lockdown forced to check the coronavirus spread.
“Concerns raised by parents, issues related to monitoring of mid-day meal schemes and how to ensure they reach the intended beneficiaries, and addressing genuine concerns of parents and schools are expected to be discussed threadbare,” said another official.
The HRD minister may soon hold another interaction with students.
In March last week, the HRD Ministry had asked states and union regions to ensure continued with supply of mid-day meals to students despite the closure of schools around the nation to check the spread of coronavirus. The suggestions offered included conveying packaged meals or the equivalent amount of food grains to understudies at home or saving money in the bank accounts of their parents. The Samagra Shiksha program is an integrated plan for school education.