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Only 3% schools in district without girls’ toilet

TNN, 28 August 2014

 

NAGPUR: The prime minister's plan to provide girls' toilets in every school in the country seems to have come at the right time to cover the last mile. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), the implementing body for Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE), officials say only a few girls' toilets need to built in the state. Mahesh Karajgaonkar, state project coordinator for SSA said, "In Maharashtra there are about 4% schools which do not have a girls' toilet while in Nagpur district the schools' number about 3%. However by the end of this academic every school will have it."

 

While for the government-managed and government-aided schools the funds for construction will come from the government, the private unaided schools will have to self finance it. PM Narendra Modi had stressed during his Independence Day speech the need to have toilet for girls in every school in India. He even encouraged the corporate sector to help in this initiative.

 

The data which SSA was using is called the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) and is for the 2013-14 academic year. UDISE is a databank maintained by the Centre about all schools in the country so that the statistics help in planning and executing policies. The state government too decided that it shall use only UDISE data when allocating funds or preparing policies. Read more....