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Construct separate toilets for girls: Modi
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:20:23 AM »
Construct separate toilets for girls: Modi
New Delhi, Aug 15 (PTI) Stressing on "dignity of women", Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged parliamentarians and the corporate sector to help build separate toilets for girls in schools across the country by next year.

"I want to start one work from today. There should be a toilet in all the schools of our country. A separate toilet for girls...it is only then our girls will not have to quit schools.

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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 11:33:59 AM »
Construct separate toilets for girls in schools: PM Narendra Modi
Last Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that all schools should construct separate toilets for girl students within a year.

"Every school should build separate toilets for girls in a year so that our girl children do not leave schools," Modi said while delivering his maiden address on India's 68th Independence Day.

He also said that it should not be difficult for the country to build toilets so that old women and young girls do not have to wait for the day to become dark before easing themselves.

"You would be think that from the Red Fort he is talking about cleanliness and toilets but I am speaking from the heart," Modi added.

He also announced a clean India campaign from October 02, as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.

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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2014, 01:07:24 PM »
good news

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2014, 09:39:38 AM »
300 girls forced to share one toilet in ‘best district’ of Hisar
24 Aug 2014
Hindustan Times

As per the HRD ministry data, Hisar is the best in terms of the availability separate toilets for girls in government schools of Haryana. A closer look, however, shakes the faith in figures. Every government school does have a toilet but it is woefully sh

WE CAN’T BE AFRAID OF SPEAKING UP. WE NEED HYGIENIC CONDITIONS. IF EVERYONE SITS QUIET, HOW WILL WE EVER FIND A SOLUTION?
SANJANA RANI, Class 10 student

SAINIPURA (HISAR): Though the union human resource development (HRD) ministry has adjudged Hisar as the best district in terms of the availability of separate toilets for girls in government schools, the ground reality is far from impressive. In fact, the plight of girl students in Hisar is much like that of those in the state’s worst district of Mewat.

MANOJ DHAKA/HT Students of the government school at Sainpura village of Hansi in Hisar district walk past stinking toilets that have been kept locked for staff use. The 300 students are not allowed access to this facility and have to contend with worse.

Sanjana Rani, 14, a student of Class 10 at the Government School at Sainipura village in Hisar’s Hansi block, says though her school has a separate toilet facility for girls, it has been dysfunctional. Worse, the lone toilet is meant for 300 girls.

So, how do the girls manage? “There is no escape for us. We have to use the same toilet that is choked with polythene. We go there despite the muck and stench,” says Sanjana.

TOILETS FOR STAFF ONLY

The school has three other functional toilets but they are reserved for staff members. Sanjana says if a student needs to use the toilet, she either has to choose between returning home or missing school. When asked if their parents had taken up the issue with the school staff, she says, “They do and so do we but cleaning a single toilet when it is used by 300 girls is a huge challenge for one sweeper.”

Did the children inform education department officials when they visit the school? “If we make any such complaint, we get reprimanded by the headmaster.”

Asked if she was apprehensive about sharing such details with the media, she says, “We can’t be afraid of speaking up. We need hygienic conditions too. If everyone sits quiet, how will we ever find a solution?” She admits that she is not aware of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolve to ensure separate toilets for girls in schools. “It is a good idea. If students use clean toilets, they will have sound health and can study well,” she adds.


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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2014, 08:36:23 AM »
Queue up for toilet or miss mid-day meal in Jalandhar

•  25 Aug 2014
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Jalandhar has been adjudged the worst district of Punjab in terms of separate toilets for girls in schools, while neighbouring Kapurthala is the best district as per the Centre’s survey. A visit to schools in both districts has revealed that NRIs and comm

THERE IS ACTUALLY NO NEED FOR A DIFFERENT TOILET FOR GIRLS IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS. THE PROBLEM IS WITH THE BOYS. GIRLS HAVE BETTER CONTROL. EDUCATION DEPT OFFICIAL ON CONDITION OF ANONYMITY

Neeta Kumari, a Class 9 student of the Government High School at Mithu Basti in the heart of Jalandhar city, sits tight in class. She ignores the urge to answer nature’s call to avoid the inconvenience, and embarrassment, of having to share the toilet with boys. Her school has 600 students but it does not have a separate toilet for girls!

Students prefer the open to the ill-maintained toilets at the government middle school at Dhuleta village near Goraya in Jalandhar district.

The 14-year-old has another reason for staying put in class. If she spends the recess queuing up in front of the lone toilet, she would miss the mid-day meal. For children like her, it’s a tough choice between being comfortable and going hungry. Meanwhile, the teachers say they have made their own arrangements and use toilets in houses adjoining the school.

The Hindustan Times team visited more than 25 schools across Jalandhar district, only to find that schools that could boast of toilets had failed to ensure cleanliness and maintenance.

HEALTH AT STAKE

Not so far away at Chak Des Raj village in Phillaur, Harpreet Kaur, a Class 4 student, was taken out of the government school by her parents last year when her health started deteriorating. She had contracted an infection because of the poor hygiene at school.

“People are not ready to admit their children in our school because we are short of toilets. We face shortage of water also. The villagers are not interested in the school’s development either,” complains Kamaljeet Kaur, the school head teacher.

Interestingly, this is the state of affairs in the native village of Akali legislator Sarwan Singh Phillaur.

In the absence of toilets in some village schools of Jalandhar district, children are forced to go out in the open. The education authorities of the district have failed to learn lesson despite the death of Jaspreet Kaur, 10, on May 11, 2012. Jaspreet, a primary student of the government school at Ibrahim Khaan village, fell victim to snake bite when she had gone in a field in the absence of a toilet for girls in her school.

INSENSITIVE OFFICIALS

When confronted, district education officer Jaspal Singh dismissed the findings of the union human resource development (HRD) ministry survey as “inaccurate and old”. The survey declares Jalandhar the worst district in Punjab in terms of separate toilets for girls (see box).

Requesting anonymity, another senior official from the education department said, “There is actually no need for a different toilet for girls in primary schools. The problem is with the boys. Girls have better control.”

Most of the schools visited have not received a single paisa after they were provided Rs 35,000 per school for building toilets in 2003-04 under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.

KAPURTHALA’S SUCCESS

So how did neighbouring Kapurthala manage to get the distinction of having separate toilets for girls in all its schools? Apart from better utilisation of funds, non-resident Indians (NRIs) hailing from the district and the local community played a key role.

As per Kapurthala district education officer (primary) Roop Lal, 25% of toilets in schools are the result of philanthropic activities at the village level. “Principals mobilised local residents to contribute for the cause. Besides, NRIs like Lakhwinder Singh from Tibba village donated generously. He built toilets for schoolchildren in at least four villages,” Lal adds.

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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2014, 08:39:57 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2014, 10:09:33 AM »
Every school be allotted with the resources to keep these toilets neat/clean & odorless.

 

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