Over two lakh government schools in the country do not have basic facilities like water and toilets with Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand topping the list for such schools, according to a government survey.
Nearly 21 per cent of about 1.04 million schools in 29 states and union territories across the country did not have a toilet for students in 2005, said the survey by the National Institute of Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA). According to the survey, about 47 per cent of schools had common toilets for students who belong to different age groups of six to 18 years. The situation was very bad in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, where the percentage of primary schools without any toilet facility were 88 and 80 respectively. With regard to drinking water, only 21 per cent schools had access to tap water while about 46 per cent of schools had hand-pump facility, it said adding that in about six per cent of the schools, students have to fetch water from wells. "It is observed that all integrated higher secondary schools do not have tap water facility," the survey said. The schools surveyed include about 6,93,000 primary schools, about 71,000 upper primary schools and nearly 57,000 secondary and senior secondary schools. About 97 per cent of the schools surveyed were in the government sector.