Three lakh school teachers in Bihar have decided to boycott the mid-day meal scheme from July 25 to get rid of non-academic work.
A week after the death of 23 children from eating a contaminated mid-day meal in Saran district, teachers are in no mood to assist the government in running the scheme.
“It was unanimously decided at a meeting of the Bihar State Primary Teachers’ Association to boycott the scheme,” its president, Barajnandan Sharma, told IANS.
“We had repeatedly requested the government to involve teachers in academic work only and employ some agency for the scheme, which was ignored. Teachers should not be burdened with all kinds of non-academic work,” he said.
Teachers are blamed for anything that goes wrong with the scheme, Sharma said, adding: “It is giving a bad name to teachers due to rampant corruption.” He said that it is a well-known fact that teachers and headmasters have to invariably manage the mid-day meal scheme with third grade food stuff and corruption at every level.