Free milk

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Kirti Pa­tel, Lau­toka

I re­fer to the let­ter (FT16/07) on free milk and wish to let this let­ter writer know that it is a par­ent’s right to raise con­cerns should they feel dif­fi­culty in pur­chas­ing the same kind of milk that is given to them in school. Some chil­dren can be very de­mand­ing and they sim­ply would not set­tle for any­thing else.

De­pend­ing on the dif­fer­ent types of sce­nar­ios, dif­fer­ent ap­proach and meth­ods are be­ing used to curb this kind of is­sues by par­ents. There are many chil­dren who have proper break­fast in the morn­ing thus, the free milk would not be di­gested well in the time not suit­able for their in­take. I be­lieve ev­ery house­hold should be able to af­ford milk and I know there are many who can. We’ve got free ed­u­ca­tion al­ready. To some ex­tent, I agree that it is not fair for other chil­dren who are prob­a­bly hav­ing a good in­take of milk in school but com­ing from that par­tic­u­lar par­ent to stop it in schools is a bit out of line. Maybe, this par­tic­u­lar par­ent could seek the min­istry’s help to curb their is­sue. They can be sup­plied with that milk at their home as well.

Well if the min­istry can help in schools, they can help in this kind of sit­u­a­tion as well af­ter study­ing the whole sce­nario of that fam­ily. While on that, there are many par­ents who have raised con­cerns on things like wrist bands be­ing sold in schools es­pe­cially in pri­mary schools and lit­tle chil­dren get­ting tempted to buy this. They end up us­ing their money on such kinds of things and the par­ents only come to know when they meet their kids. This prac­tice is nor­mally done dur­ing cer­tain types of pro­grammes be­ing or­gan­ised in schools. We all know that no sort of fundrais­ing is al­lowed in schools. Well the bot­tom line is where the fi­nance is con­cerned. One way or an­other, the eye­brow is raised. Since the min­istry has taken ini­tia­tive for the free milk, they will surely find ways to help set­tle this mater as well. Let’s hope for the best.

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