Friday, October 20, 2006

Merge Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and Midday Meal Scheme?

No, it spells bad management:
Both are laudable programs managed separately. Merger of the two would burden the school system while adding too many cooks to the feeding scheme.
The SSA has succeeded in improving the enrolment in class I; it is now 100% for ST children. But the dropout figure for this group stands at 60% by class V.
Merger may look a good policy (since ostensibly the objectives are complementary) but it spells bad management.

Yes, it will augment attendance, literacy levels:
SSA’s mission is to ensure participation of all children in the age group of 6-14 to assure continuation of education up to class VII. In addition, it fulfills goal of bridging social, regional and gender gaps, with active participation of the community in the management of schools.
The Midday Meal Scheme has nearly been universalized and covers around 12 crore children in over 9.5 lakh schools.