NEW DELHI: Nearly 30 million school children in the country still have no access to toilets, even as schools have made significant progress in providing the facility in recent years, a study by UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation, Hygiene(WASH) programme revealed Wednesday.
Most schools are also found wanting in teaching of hygiene and life skills.
According to the paper released by WASH, though the proportion of schools having toilets has increased from 50 per cent to nearly 75 per cent in last five years, only 60 per cent of schools have girls’ toilets, a factor which has been noticed to be a major deterrent in girls attending schools. Also where the toilets are available, only one or two are usable.
The Expert’s Thought: Lack of toilets and other proper sanitation facilities costs the country nearly 54 billion dollars a year. Moreover it can increase risks of diseases.