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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 1
First page : (1248) Last page : (1258)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5118

Knowledge of Rural School Children about Mid Day Meal Programme

Neha Singh1* and Chhaya Badiger
Department of Extension and Communication Management
College of Rural Home Science, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad-580 005, Karnataka, India
*Corresponding Author E-mail: neha8293@rediffmail.com
Received: 3.07.2017  |  Revised: 11.08.2017   |  Accepted: 15.08.2017  


The Mid Day Meal Programme is a multi-faceted programme of the Government of India launched on 15th august, 1995. Knowledge level of rural school children, parents, teachers and community leaders will reveal success of the mid day meal programme. Therefore, an effort was made to study the knowledge of rural school children about mid day meal programme. The study was conducted in the purposively selected two villages of Garag and Yettingudda of Dharwad district of northern Karnataka and two villages of Bhojla and Simarddha of Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh. From each village 30 rural school children, 30 parents, 20 community leaders and approximately 10 teachers were randomly selected for the study. Purposively 120 rural school children of 5th, 6th, 7th standard belonged to 10-13 years of age group were selected. Structured interview schedule was used for collection of information. The data was analysed using suitable statistical parameters like frequencies, percentages, knowledge index and class intervals. The present study revealed that most of (96.70%) rural school children had high knowledge level with overall knowledge index of 88.28 percent. Most of (80.80%) parents had high knowledge level and overall knowledge index was 73.53 percent. In case of teachers cent percent teachers had high knowledge level with knowledge index of 95.65 percent. Community leaders had high knowledge level i.e. 92.50 percent and overall knowledge index was 83.33 percent. Thus, it can be concluded that rural school children, parents, teachers, community leaders had higher level of knowledge which showed that Government of Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh were successful in creating awareness about the mid day meal programme at small level to a great extent. Some aspects such as drinking water facility, toilet facility, infrastructure facilities can be improved and public private partnership can also introduced in rural schools of Uttar Pradesh villages.

Key words: Knowledge, Mid day meal, Rural school children, Nutrition, Hygiene

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Cite this article: Singh, N. and Badiger, C., Knowledge of Rural School Children about Mid Day Meal Programme, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(1): 1248-1258 (2018). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5118