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Jaipur: These government schools tell a tale of official apathy

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - 2:07pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
The situation can be gauged by the fact that there are no separate toilets for boys and girls in 64,944 elementary schools in state.

Every new government in Rajasthan promises quality education and education at par with private schools in all state-run schools but all the tall claims seem to have proved futile.

Crores of rupees granted by Centre and state government are being spent every year to improve condition of government schools but in vain. Not only government schools continue to be under staffed, they also lack even basic infrastructure such as building, electricity and drinking water.

The grim situation can be gauged by the fact that there are no separate toilets for boys and girls in 64,944 elementary schools of the state. To the worse, over 484 schools have no building of their own and children have to study in open air.

The Rajasthan Elementary Education Council has striking revelations in this regard. As per the report, in 2008-09, there were 1,988 schools with no building. With construction of 1,504 new buildings during last four years, the number came down to 484 schools.

New schools were added, primary schools and upper primary schools were promoted but, the toilet facility for girls was not provided. As per the report, in 2012-13 64,994 out of 74,664 government schools have common toilets. In 2010-11 there were 49,177 schools out of 73,548 schools where there were common toilets only.


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