98.5% dist schools do not comply with infra standards set by RTE


It's been over two years since the Right to Eduction Act came into effect, yet as many as 98.5 per cent schools in the district do not comply with the infrastructure standards set by RTE.

The data compiled by District Information System for Education (DISE) show that of the 6,537 schools in the districts, only 92 pass on all 10 infrastructure indicators that include building, office-cum-head master room, one classroom for every teacher, ramp for disabled students, separate toilets for boys, separate toilet for girls, drinking water facilities, kitchen shed, boundary wall and playground.

The survey shows that as many as 49 schools in the district, one in the city and 48 in rural areas, do not have a school building, 30 per cent schools don't have a separate toilet for girls and 40 per cent schools don't have an office for the head master. Also 89 per cent schools do not have a ramp for disabled students.

Though the picture is comparatively better in Pune city, a lot remained to be achieved. In the city, 70 per cent schools don't have a ramp, 14 per cent schools do not have separate toilet for girls and 72 per cent of them are devoid of a kitchen shed.

This is the situation when the deadline set up by RTE to achieve infrastructure and other requirement such as Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR), Student-Class Room Ratio (SCR) is March 2013.

Of the 48 schools schools that do not have buildings, 17 are in the Indapur taluka, eight in Velhe, six in Maval and five are in Khed Taluka. A ZP official said construction was on at 26 schools and proposals for 12 more have been sanctioned by the government. Though the ZP is planning to construct buildings for remaining 10 schools, the ZP is finding it difficult to find land for construction in the localities.

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