One in every 20 higher secondary school in the country offering science as a subject does not have a laboratory for students to conduct practicals. The worse off are students in rural schools.
The findings of the survey assumes significance in the wake of science subjects failing to attract the best students in the country.
The seventh All India School Education survey conducted by NCERT in collaboration with the state governments and the National Informatics Centre, paints a miserable picture about laboratory facilities.
Out of 43,869 existing higher secondary schools in the country, 24,783 offered the subject Physics and 1,043 schools out of them do not have a laboratory. The situation is worse in rural areas where out of the 10,524 schools offering Physics, 769 schools did not have the facility, the survey found.
Similarly, 24,808 schools offer the subject Chemistry of which 1,012 schools do not have the laboratory facility. Biology is no different. Of the 23,831 schools offering the subject, 1,169 schools do not have laboratory facilities.
Computer Science, a new professional subject in Science, is being offered in 7,724 schools. However, 194 of these schools were not equipped with the labs.
In rural areas, 104 of the 2,304 schools which offer the subject lacked labs it said.