For Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), quality education for students alone is not the only priority. The students must also have access to good sanitation because the board believes ‘good schools need good students and good students need good sanitation’.
Now, the CBSE has made it mandatory for all its schools to get their toilets rated under National School Sanitation Initiative (NSSI) introduced by CBSE in association with Ministry of Human Resource and Development. However, the present scenario could be a deterrent in getting the good ratings as not just government schools but sanitation facilities in CBSE schools are equally poor.
Of the 1,500 CBSE schools in the state, only 112 schools have come forward for the online rating of their toilets. And of these, sanitation facilities in 75 school toilets were found to be grim that need immediate attention. It adheres below 33% of the established norms required for upkeep of toilets. DPS Ghaziabad is the only school in UP that got the top rating.
“Sanitation facilities have a direct bearing on the enrolment and retention of girls in the schools. Lack of separate and safe sanitary facilities for girls have been a factor to discourage parents from sending girls to school and contribute to the drop out percentage, especially of adolescents. Growing girls find it difficult to attend schools that have no or few badly maintained facilities. So it is essential to have separate toilet facilities for the girl students,” said union minister of state for HRD Jitin Prasada recently.
Notably, a school would receives rating in five colour categories corresponding to infrastructure, institutional responsibility, environmental sustainability, health and hygiene and paedagogics. Green stands for excellent, blue has scope of improvement, yellow can improve, black needs considerable improvement and red means needs immediate attention.