Lamjung, June 17
Students’ attendance record has improved with the management of day meal for students of Bharati Sadan Secondary School in Sundarbazaar Municipality, Lamjung.
The school administration, after coordination with guardians, had managed day meal for students from May 15.
Head teacher Gyan Bahadur Karki said day meal was managed targeting 36 children from Grades I and III in the initial phase.
Karki said students’ attendance had increased after day meal was provided in the school. “No student was absent after day meal was managed in the school.”
Karki said, earlier, students were not regular at school. “Now, students attend classes regularly and pay attention to studies,” he added. Karki said the school had managed 50 per cent and guardians contributed the remaining amount for day meal.
Guardians prepared meals on rotation. Narayan Sedain, a teacher at the school, said guardians came to school and prepared meals and cleaned as per the rotating schedule. Karki said every guardian had to spare a day in a month for preparing meals.
According to Karki, the school is seeking help of various organisations to manage meals for those studying in Grade IV and above. “Day meals could be managed for all children of the school if an organisation helped.”
There are 164 students in the school and of them, 90 per cent are from Dalit and other communities.
A version of this article appears in print on June 18, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.