Country faces shortage of over 4.6 lakh classrooms
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Last Updated: Monday, January 02, 2012, 08:47
  
The government on Sunday said there was a considerable shortage of classrooms both at elementary and secondary level schools in the country.

"It's estimated that approximately 2.91 lakh classrooms at elementary level and 1.77 lakh at secondary stage of education are required," Minister of State for Human Resource Development D Purandeswari said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

However, the minister informed that under Sarva Shikha Abhiyan (SSA), a total of 15.93 classrooms have been sanctioned since inception, including 2.68 lakh in 2010-11 and 2.20 lakh in 2011-12.

Replying to another question, she said only 54.31 per cent schools in the country have common toilets, while 58.82 per cent schools have girls' toilets and 92.6 per cent schools have drinking water facilities.

She also said that under the Jalmani Programme, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has provided a sum of Rs 200 crore to install stand alone water purification systems in rural schools.

On a question regarding the enrollment of Muslim children in schools, Purandeswari said their number in both primary and upper primary education has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

The enrollment of Muslim children in primary education has gone up from 10.49 per cent in 2007-08 to 11.03 per cent in 2008-09 and reached 13.48 per cent in 2009-10, she said.

A similar increase was also recorded at the upper primary level where 8.54 per cent students enrolled in 2007-08. It rose to 9.13 per cent in 2008-09 and 11.89 per cent in 2009-10, the minister added.

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 02, 2012, 08:47


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