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Boys, girls use same toilet in 54 schools CAG Report Unearths Horrors Of Govt Residential Institutions And Gross Under-Utilization Of Public Funds

TNN, 26 February 2014

 

Thousands of students in 250 residential schools bathe in cold water throughout the year. Neither do they have warm water to drink. Worse, 54 schools don’t have separate toilets for girls and boys. In all, 43% of the schools have no playgrounds.

 

Drinking water is also suspect: while 192 schools use raw borewell water, 22 schools use tanker water, without treatment. This is the fate of children who live away from their parents, in government residential schools across Karnataka.

 

The CAG report tabled in the state assembly on Tuesday unearths the true state of residential educational institutions of the government. It states that only 234 of 542, or 43% of residential schools and colleges, have their own buildings while others function in rented or rent-free premises, lacking basic infrastructure like toilets, bathrooms, classrooms, playgrounds, library, benches, tables and labs.

 

CAG sleuths also found that schools function beneath banyan trees. Of 542 residential institutions, over 108 schools have no land, despite 47 of them being sanctioned before 2008-09. Students of residential schools in Nanjangud in Mysore, Ganadhal in Raichur and Aurad in Gulbarga literally attend classes beneath trees, while the trunk of the tree holds their blackboard.

 

MISSING TARGET SECTOR

 

The purpose of government residential schools is to help the marginalized sections of society educate their children. However, these schools failed to attract students belonging to the targeted sections. During 2008-13, the schools had less than 75% of the sanctioned strength of students belonging to the primary target groups and this was increased to 43% in April 2013.

 

The report also digs out irregularities in tendering construction work of school buildings, PWD work allotted before procuring land for construction, excess amount of Rs 6.13 lakh paid by the government in advance to conduct workshops and for other activities.


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