No lessons learnt? Mid-day meal cooked on septic tank next to toilet Updated: July 19, 2013 15:43 IST

At a government school at Vyasarpadi in Chennai, NDTV saw food being cooked next to student toilets.
No lessons learnt? Mid-day meal cooked on septic tank next to toilet
At a government school at Vyasarpadi in Chennai, NDTV saw food being cooked next to student toilets, on top of a septic tank lid. Shockingly, this meal is part of the state's much-praised noon meal scheme for schools.
No lessons learnt? Mid-day meal cooked on septic tank next to toilet
The Bihar school deaths still on their mind, many students and teachers are worried, but often it's not a choice for children from poorer families.
No lessons learnt? Mid-day meal cooked on septic tank next to toilet
A member of the faculty told NDTV: "These are poor children whose parents are mostly labourers. Without the noon meal scheme they would have to go hungry".
No lessons learnt? Mid-day meal cooked on septic tank next to toilet
India's free mid-day meal scheme, the largest free food programme in the world catering to around 120 million schoolchildren across the country, was introduced as an incentive for children to go to school.
No lessons learnt? Mid-day meal cooked on septic tank next to toilet
On Thursday, 170 children fell ill after lunch at a school in Neyveli, in Tamilnadu's Cuddalore district.

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