Children’s Day: 77% MP schools without water in toilets, 94% don’t have power
Bhopal: As many as 94% government schools in Madhya Pradesh do not have electricity, 96% do not have benches for the students and 77% do not even have water in toilets.
This has been found in a ground level survey by NGO Child Rights and You (CRY). It has also been found that though 92% schools have toilets, 49% are not in usable condition or are not used.
This survey was conducted in 190 schools across 13 districts and was released on the eve of Children’s Day (November 14).
These schools (141 primary and 42 secondary) cater to 14, 983 children – of which 7153 are boys and 7786 girls. The survey also shows that none of the schools have toilet cleaning staff.
The other aspects of the survey include:
Drinking water: 14% schools did not have availability of safe drinking water. Hand pump is the major water source in most schools
Benches: 183 out of 190 schools did not have benches for students to sit on. Majority of the children sit on rugs and mats while some sit on the floor.
School Boundary wall: In the 44 schools which had boundary walls, 25 were either partially damaged or a bad condition
Kitchen and Mid Day meal: But in 27% schools, the Mid Day Meal was either not cooked inside a designated kitchen or did not have a kitchen space at all. Mid day meals were not served in 4% schools. Majority of the schools do not follow the prescribed menu
Playgrounds: 51% schools surveyed had no playground. Of the remaining, 72% schools have playground that are not in good condition
Staff rooms: 60% schools don’t have headmaster room and 91% schools don’t have staff room
School Management Committee: In 26% schools SMC members were unaware that they are part of the committee. SMS members held regular monthly meetings in only 39% schools
Soha Moitra, CRY Regional Director- North, says, “Not only is the state grappling with poor school infrastructure there is also a huge shortage of teachers. Education is not simply a preparation for the future but an investment on our children in the present".
"It is therefore the duty of the state government to ensure that all the gaps in the system are addressed and the RTE act is effectively implemented”, she said.
Even the recent Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) report 2006-2014 points to a sharp decrease in the ability of children in the state to read and understand their subjects.
Only 11% class 3 students could do subtraction in 2014 as against 61% in 2007. The number of class 5 students who could read English words dropped from 58% in 2007 to 25% in 2014. Similarly only 18% class 7 students could read English sentences in 2014, a drop from 64% respectively in 2007.
- 77% schools did not have water facility in toilets
- 96% schools did not have benches, 77% don’t have boundary walls
- 94% schools did not have electricity
- 61% schools did not have a library
- 27% schools did not have kitchen space
- 5% schools are still single teacher schools and 89% schools are functioning without a headmaster
(Photo courtesy: Sachin Jain)