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What ails the hostels and government colleges in Telangana? bad food, no water, no toilets

The Telangana Government Midday Meal Scheme, which was launched with the dual purpose of improving the nutritional status of children in public homes and boarding schools as well as encouraging students from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to attend school, is gradually losing its credibility.

The aim was to keep children in school and allow them to focus on their education rather than working for food to support their families. Unfortunately, the goal appears to have been defeated by increasing reports of food poisoning in government hostels, boarding schools, and colleges, which appears to have tarnished the government’s image. There has been an increase in food poisoning cases and student deaths in government hostels, boarding schools and state colleges over the past six months.

Telangana Schools and Welfare Homes were highly sought after educational institutions, with a high demand for admissions. However, a series of food poisoning incidents, student deaths, and a large number of sick students damaged the credibility of these institutions.

After the incidents, the parents of the students are considering sending their children to these schools because they feel that there is no guarantee for the lives of their children and that it would be better to keep them in their villages and to educate them in local schools so that the children can be alive. Public schools of education continue to be characterized by poor accountability and infrastructure, low attendance and low pass rates.

Reports of food poisoning in government homes, boarding schools and colleges came at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic was already having a significant impact, not only on people’s health, but also on the way boys and the most vulnerable and marginalized girls learn. that schools remained closed for an extended period.

Student education standards have dropped in various ways as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. There was no lunch as students and hotels were closed during the Covid-19 pandemic, several students were unable to get at least food and eggs as they were at home with the closure of everything for almost a year and a half.

Additionally, the Covid-19 crisis has exposed the growing “digital divide” among students in villages and tribal areas of the state with little or no access to cellphones and computers. On the other hand, online classes taught in public schools and hostels have proven to be of little use to students, while physical classes help them learn and do their homework efficiently.
The digital divide is not the only problem; students in several government hotels and boarding schools also suffer from a lack of clean water, clean toilets and sanitation, and some hostels in hilly areas do not even receive water from the Bhagiratha Mission, the historic project of the Telangana government which recently received a national award.

Although the state government is trying to improve conditions in public schools through “Mana Vooru Mana Badi”, it has not implemented a similar program for government hostels and boarding schools. Many educators believe that the simple development of infrastructure in government homes does not lead to meaningful change in homes when there is no proper maintenance and no supervision by superiors.

Educators expressed concern about lack of funds, lack of sanitation, unsanitary conditions, contaminated water and adulterated food used in food preparation, poor food quality and lack of supervision, as well as the lack of proper medical facilities for students in the hostels and a significant delay in providing medical care to needy students in case of emergency.

These issues need to be addressed aggressively and proactively in order to inspire confidence in students and their parents about public hostels, as parents increasingly feel that these institutions are becoming death traps for students due to of various problems.

Regarding food poisoning cases, government homes, boarding schools and colleges have faced financial difficulties in recent years due to a lack of funding.

With respect to food poisoning cases, government homes, boarding schools and colleges were experiencing a shortage of funding because the government was not providing the necessary funds as in the past. Private contractors who supplied food products had long suffered from overdue bills, which indirectly affected the quality of the food they supplied.

However, special KGBV school agents operate hostels at their own risk in some hostels despite a lack of funds. In her speech at Basar IIIT on September 26, Education Minister Sabita Indra Reddy said nearly nine lakh students were studying in government hostels, boarding schools and colleges across the state, and they were receiving good food, shelter and clothing.

She said this is in line with Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao’s vision to provide free education from kindergarten to university.

On his part, the Chief Minister said during the inauguration of Adivasi and Banjara Bhavans in Hyderabad that the government “spends ‘1.25 lakh for every student who studies in boarding schools in the state’.

Despite claims and assertions by the Telangana government, the fact remains that several problems such as lack of sanitation, adequate facilities and increasing cases of food poisoning continue to plague establishments. public education.

RANGA REDDY: GIRLS SAY THEY CAN’T CHANGE TRIM

KGBV female students recently staged a massive protest in Ibrahimpatnam, Ranga Reddy district, demanding a water supply and protesting the poor quality of food served to female students. The female students said that “they were unable to even change their towels or take baths during their periods due to a severe lack of water in the hostel”, and that “the situation appears to be dire”. The hostel staff get their water from private tankers and the private water suppliers don’t supply water regularly because they haven’t paid their bills.

ADILABAD: NO WATER FOR BATHING, WASHING LAUNDRY

On April 18, around 200 students from the Telangana ST Gurukula Girls’ School demonstrated against this background. According to an inmate, many students had health problems like itching because they didn’t take baths regularly. They claimed they were deprived of water to bathe and clean even during their monthly periods. They urged district officials to provide them with enough water at their Mavala Gram Panchayat boarding school.

POOR QUALITY RICE SUPPLIED TO HOSTELS

There are strong allegations that old rice which was stockpiled during the Covid-19 pandemic is now being supplied to government inns, and that this rice is full of ‘white worms’ and ‘Thuttelu’, and that it is extremely difficult to clean before cooking. rice.

Food contamination is a real possibility when cooking with stale rice, damaged vegetables, contaminated water, substandard ingredients, and cooking in unsanitary conditions. Sajid Khan, the chairman in charge of DCC, said during an inspection of a minority boarding school in Bangaruguda village in Adilabad Mandal that the state government’s assertion of supplying quality rice to hostels is false and that the food is prepared with the general PDS rice. provided to hostels.

RO FACTORIES ARE NOT WORKING: LACK OF FUNDS

There are a total of 133 Ashram Tribal Schools with 34,000 students and 905 Primary Tribal Schools with 20,000 students under ITDA, Utnoor in the former district of Adilabad.

RO plants were built at a cost of Rs 10 lakh each to provide purified drinking water to students, but many of them are no longer operational in Kerameri and Sirpur (T) mandals and require repairs. However, officials say repairs have been halted due to a lack of funds. As a result, students are forced to drink contaminated water as Mission Bhagiratha water was not supplied to hostels in the interior and on hilly areas due to damaged pipes and lack of water. power supply.

PARENTS FEAR CHILDREN DIE IN STUDIES

After completing his college education, Atram Kavitha from Jendaguda village in Utnoor mandal, a Kolam Adivasi considered a particularly vulnerable tribal group (PVTG), wanted to become an officer to work for the upliftment of the poor like his community in society, but his life came to an abrupt end after he died of ill health and his family’s dreams were shattered

When this correspondent visited the inner village of Jendaguda, Kavitha’s mother, Mothu Bai, said that “children will die if they go for higher education in cities from leaving their villages” (“ekkuva chaduvuthe… pillalu chachipo-tharu”), and that it is the feeling that they have grown collectively since the death of his daughter and are now afraid to send their children to homes outside their villages.