Taking up a public-interest petition, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Punjab government to submit a status report about the government schools that have no toilet.
The directions came from the division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain on Wednesday when the petitioner, advocate HC Arora, submitted in the court that the Punjab government had come to know in a survey that hundreds of schools were without the facility.
Arora argued that it was difficult especially for girls to study in schools where there were no toilets. The court directed the state government to submit the complete detail of these schools on the next hearing (July 23). The state government counsel, however, submitted that since the record was voluminous, more time be given to file the details.
The petitioner also sought directions to shift students from five unsafe government-school buildings in Ludhiana district. These structures house four government primary schools (Khanna-3; Khanna-5; Jallah; and Model Gram, Ludhiana) and Government High School, Kasabad.