Private schools build toilets for their govt peers

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NEW DELHI: Motivated by the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech and Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan, some private schools are stepping in to boost sanitation in government schools.

A block of four toilets for boys and another set for girls was constructed at Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Palam Village (a boys’ school is run from the premises in the evening shift), courtesy ITL Public School, Dwarka. Another school-Maharaja Agrasen Model School, Pitampura-too has submitted a proposal to the Directorate of Education, offering to build toilets “in any government school”.

The management of ITL Public School had started with a survey. “We had also asked DoE. We realized this school needed help urgently. It did have toilets but they were almost dysfunctional. Even the women staff had problems,” says principal Sudha Acharya. A proposal was prepared and submitted to DoE in August. “They gave us permission eventually,” says Acharya.

Construction began on October 2, and was completed by November. The whole project cost just about Rs 2 lakh. “They are just like private school toilets except they, on the school’s request, are all Indian-style ones,” she adds. “We visit each school to check on the sanitation status-whether the toilets are functional, if there’s running water,” says Veena Tandon, deputy director, education (southwest B). “When I visited some schools in my area, I found that this one needed more toilets.”

DoE officials say over 700 such inspections have been carried out since April-before launch of the cleanliness campaign. The new toilet blocks will be inaugurated on December 4. The Pitampura school is still awaiting clearance. “We wrote to DoE in October,” principal Pratibha Kohli says.

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