The Union Human Resource Development ministry is preparing to extend the flagship mid-day meal scheme to pre-primary classes and to introduce breakfast for junior classes. It also plans to launch a Rs 60,900 crore scheme to provide laptops/devices to over 4 crore college students over the next five years, to bridge the digital divide. The plan for laptops comes at a time when the education system is faced with the challenge of running nearly an entire academic session in online mode due to Covid-19 and is grappling with the reality of a huge chunk of students being left out due to the lack of access to computers and internet. ET has learnt that both proposals were put forward by the HRD ministry at a meeting of the 15th Finance Commission which was chaired by chairman NK Singh and attended by the union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. MEALS AT SCHOOL The Department of School Education is preparing to move the Expenditure Finance Committee followed by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs to “extend the mid-day meal facility to preparatory classes and introduce break-fast from preparatory to elementary classes”, ET has learnt. It also apprised the 15th Finance Commission of the… Read full this story
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