63% of Karnataka govt school toilets not fit for use: Survey | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Over 63% of toilets in government schools across the state are unfit for use, according to a survey by the department of public instruction and conducted last year after the pandemic outbreak. The sad state has only raised the spectre of open defecation even as the Covid-19 outbreak underlined the importance of hygiene.
Officials and teachers say the closure of schools during the pandemic has worsened the situation. The long closure has hastened the descent of toilets in many schools into decrepitude.
Primary and secondary education minister Suresh Kumar said the RDPR department has offered to build good toilets in government schools using the MNREGA funds. Commissioner of Public Instruction V Anbu Kumar said: “We’ll share the data with district officers to improve toilets.”
Will increase funds for infra: Minister

We proposed a new programme, ‘Swaccha Shouchalaya-Utthama Shaale’ (clean toilet-best school), for government schools in the next budget. This will include increasing funds for infrastructure and maintenance of toilets. There is a plan to entrust maintainence to local bodies. I’m optimistic the chief minister will consider this proposal,” minister Suresh Kumar said.
According to Archana, an activist working with different NGOs with regard to school toilet facilities for several years, the government schools in Raichur, Kalaburagi, Bengaluru North, Mandya, Hubballi and Bagalkot have the worst toilets. Bengaluru South government schools have relatively better facilities because of involvement of the donors, she added.

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