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Abysmal student-toilet ratio in schools

TNN, 23 October 2014


NEW DELHI: The Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya at Pooth Kalan, northwest Delhi, has one toilet seat for every 1,669 girls enrolled and Government Girls' Senior Secondary, Burari, has one for every 944. The Urdu-medium SKV at Jafrabad, Zeenat Mahal, has one boys' toilet (or urinal) for every 615 boys. The Directorate of Education has been taking stock of the loo situation in the schools under it and has drawn up a list of schools where the ratio of students to toilets is over 140-there is a shortage of boys' toilets in 64 schools and girls' in 156.


"We have been looking at the number of toilets needed and whether the schools have space for new ones," says Padmini Singla, director, education. The survey was prompted by offers to build and maintain toilets from private corporations brought on board by the ministry of human resource development for its newly launched Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan. "A few of them approached us apart from the Confederation of Indian Industry. We'll have to first find out if there's space available for toilet blocks." Singla adds that the department, while generally aiming for a toilet per 100 students, considered 140 as the maximum ratio for the purposes of the survey. Read more....