In a bid to check the standard of education as well as the quality of midday meals served at a Zilla Parishad (ZP) school in Maval,district officials,including Pune Divisional Commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh and district collector Vikas Deshmukh,played a new role on Thursday – that of teachers.
Nearly 3,800 class I and class II revenue officers visited around 3,500 schools in the division on the first day of the initiative.
The objective was to check the functioning of the schools and address issues such as non-attendance,apart from special focus on quality of midday meals.
As part of the initiative,revenue officials will teach school students on the second Thursday of every month. The programme is implemented in all five districts in the division – Pune,Satara,Sangli,Solapur and Kolhapur, said Deshmukh.
He said he took classes in science and geography and pointed out to the students the importance of water conservation. We also had a discussion with parents about scholarship programme, he said.
Collector Vikas Deshmukh took a class for students in Maval taluka and also held a parent-teacher meeting. Parents expressed their concerns on various issues, he said. He taught health and sanitation-related subjects in Classes IV and V. Personal and public hygiene were among the subjects I dealt with, he said.
The officials also tasted midday meals with the students and spent the entire day at the schools to understand their functioning.
Of the total 13,094 schools,Pune has 3,743,Satara 2,746,Sangli 1,710,Solapur 2,872 and Kolhapur has 2,020. The administration aims at covering all the schools.
District administration officials said on day one,they covered 1,215 schools in Pune district,668 in Satara,596 in Sangli,698 in Solapur and 676 in Kolhapur.