Can Governments Provide Basic Infra In All Schools In 6 Months?
The Supreme Court last week directed the centre and the state governments to provide basic infrastructure in all schools, including drinking water facilities and toilets, within the next six months."text-align:justify;" So, can this be done? In our continuing series Fact Check, IndiaSpend’s Danielle Collaco takes a look at the District Information System for Education (DISE) 2010-11 Flash Statistics and tries to check whether this can be achieved in six months. First, let’s take a look at the drinking water scenario. The availability of drinking water in schools seems to be almost on track. In 2010-11, about 92.7% of schools had some sort of drinking water facility. This is an increase from 92.6% in the previous year and 87.7% during 2008-09. As you can see from the graph, the figures have been increasing over the past few years, which mean the governments may be able to meet the six-month deadline. Let’s now look at the data on toilets in schools. According to the DISE report, in 2010-11, about 82.9% of all schools in India had toilets, an increase from 81.6% in 2009-10. So, the increase was barely a per cent in one year, which makes it look difficult for the governments to achieve the target of 13% increase in six months. "text-align:justify;"> So, it is quite possible that the 100% target might be reached for drinking water access in all schools across the country. However, there is a chance that the governments may not be able to provide toilets in all schools within six months.