Shoe exporter to build toilet in school after girls threaten to drop out
Around 3,000 students, especially girls, across 500 basic education schools in the region suffer because these institutes lack toilet facilities. It had also led to several incidents of harassment in the past.
“It is shameful that students have to suffer because of lack of toilets in schools. Public representatives and officials must take their responsibilities seriously. I visited the school recently and saw how children were studying in the open and the institute running with poor facilities,” said Sehgal, who is also the vice president of Agra Footwear Manufacturer and Exporters Chamber (AFMEC).
MLA of Etmadpur, Rampratap Singh, under whose constituency the school falls, also arrived for an inspection on Tuesday. He assured of all possible help to construct a toilet and other infrastructural development in the school.
School principal Reena Rani said, “Students have to go out in the open to relieve themselves and sometimes even skip classes if there is an emergency. Many girls do not consume water or have lunch during school hours. The minor girls rush back home as soon as the classes get over. Many are also humiliated by the boys.”
According to the Right to Education Act, there should be at least one toilet for every 20 students in a school.
Brajesh Dixit, general secretary, UP Primary Teachers’ Association, said, “There are 500 schools in the circle that do not have proper toilet facilities and another 800 schools have no drinking water facilities. Officials of the education department and district administration here seems unwilling to either repair or build toilets even though the government is willing to provide funds.”