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19,000 schools in MP do not have toilets, says minister

bhopal Updated: Dec 23, 2014 16:53 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Education

School education minister Paras Jain accepted that about 19,000 schools in MP still do not have toilets. He was replying to a question while presenting report card of last one year before the media.

Jain urged members of parliament (MPs) and members of legislative assembly (MLAs) to undertake responsibility of constructing toilets in schools through their discretionary funds. He said that all schools in state would have toilets by 2015.

School education department has also made a plan for cleaning of toilets in schools. The minister said that the department has realised need to construct 20,000 new toilets and renovation of 25,000 toilets in 1.25 lakh schools across the state.

Replying to a question, he said the department has written to Union government to restart board examination for Class 5 and 8 to improve quality of education provided in government schools.

He said various cadres of teachers — existing by different names in state with different salary structure - would be merged by 2017 to bring uniformity among teachers.

Citing one year achievements, Jain said 984 primary schools were upgraded to middle schools and 2,952 posts of teachers were approved. Another 1,290 posts of teachers were approved for 645 upgraded primary schools.

Experiment of registering attendance of teachers through android mobile phones would be replicated across the state. Most of the scholarships and other schemes have been made online and transparent, said the minister.

Replying to a question, Jain said that some lessons based on Gita are already taught in schools across the state and there is no separate order to teach Gita in state-run schools.