No girls’ toi­lets in 140 Haryana schools

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - NATION - Hardik Anand hardik.anand@hin­dus­tan­

RO­HTAK:Around 140 gov­ern­ment schools in Haryana do not have toi­let fa­cil­ity for girls, the state gov­ern­ment said re­cently in re­ply to an RTI query, cit­ing of­fi­cial UDISE re­port of 2016-17.

The UDISE (Uni­fied District In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem for Ed­u­ca­tion) re­port is yet to be pub­lished online by the Na­tional Univer­sity of Ed­u­ca­tional Plan­ning and Administration as it awaits com­pi­la­tion of data from three states.

The re­ply stated that seven girls’ schools and 132 co-ed­u­ca­tional gov­ern­ment schools in Haryana do not have toi­lets on their premises, af­fect­ing more than 5,000 girl stu­dents as well as hun­dreds of fe­male fac­ulty mem­bers who teach in these schools.

The ab­sence of toi­let fa­cil­ity has been found to be a ma­jor fac­tor in high drop out rate of girl stu­dents from schools. “There are schools where toi­lets become non-func­tional due to lack of main­te­nance. Such schools are counted in the non-toi­let list.”

Even as the state gov­ern­ment laid an im­mense fo­cus on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Ab­hiyan and Beti Bachao Beti Pad­hao scheme, the num­ber of schools with­out toi­lets al­most dou­bled in the past one year. The UDISE re­port of 2015-16 men­tioned schools (all-girls’ and co-ed) in Haryana that did not have girls’ toi­lets. Sources in the data col­lec­tion team at­trib­uted the lack of main­te­nance of toi­lets be­hind the in­crease in num­ber of schools with­out the fa­cil­ity.

In 2015-16 re­port, 51 schools did not have func­tional toi­lets for girls. The list of non-func­tional toi­lets this year was not given in the RTI re­ply. When con­tacted, Haryana ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Ram Bi­las Sharma said the gov­ern­ment is con­stantly build­ing toi­lets in schools. But on be­ing asked how the num­ber of schools with­out the fa­cil­ity is higher than the last year, he dis­con­nected the call on some pre­text.

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