Despite the state’s annual budget approving construction of additional toilets at 27 government schools in the district, a grant of Rs 10.6 lakh was released for only nine government primary schools last week.
Talking to Hindustan Times, district education officer (elementary) Gurjot Singh said: “We received a grant for construction of toilets in nine schools. These schools don’t have enough toilets as compared to the number of students. The annual budget, however, had approved construction of toilets in 27 schools, in March.” He said the grant that was received last week has been given to the nine schools. Out of these nine schools, eight will get a boys’ toilet at a cost of Rs 1.18 lakh each and one will have a toilet for girls, for which an amount of Rs 1.13 lakh has been released.
After receiving the grant, the schools have started constructing toilets. The boys’ toilets are being constructed at the government primary schools in Sihora, Sirthla, Rano, Roul, Burj Lambra, Changan, Bholewal Kadeem and Behlolpur while the girls’ toilet is coming up at the primary school in Samrala.
Gurjot Singh said there are more than 50 government primary schools in the district that require separate toilets for boys and girls.
A government school incharge, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Our school has 200 students, but only two toilets - one for boys and another for girls. We are yet to receive the grant for construction of toilets.”