Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Norms for school toilets

Norms for school toilets

10th March 2013 09:47 AM
The state Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has drawn up a proposal for scientific provision of toilets in government schools based on the norms laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
The proposal, which is being prepared, seeks provision of these facilities in accordance to the need and strength of students in schools. The proposal comes in view  of the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act and the Supreme Court directive that mandates provision of these facilities.
As per the plan, the SSA will propose provision of one urinal for 25 boys in residential schools and one for 20 boys in non-residential schools. One water closet (toilet) will be sought for 40 boys and 25 girls in non-residential schools and one for eight boys and six girls in residential schools. An ablution tap has been sought for each water closet.
Finally, the SSA will seek one wash basin for 60 boys and 40 girls in non-residential schools and one for eight boys and six girls in residential schools.
The RTE Act requires separate toilets for boys and girls in schools.  However, it does not lay down the manner in which they have to be provided, prompting the SSA to rely on the BIS.  Deputy Directors of Public Instruction have been asked to identify the schools for these facilities in their respective districts. The proposal will be submitted to the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) in April. Subodh Yadav, SSA state project director, said the DDPIs, Zilla Panchayat CEOs and Deputy Commissioners will be actively involved in the planning process.
As per statistics, there are 1,230 schools without separate toilets for boys and girls. Between 2007-2011, MHRD has released a total of Rs 2,660.93 crore for construction of school toilets in state.

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