BANGALORE: The High Court on Monday directed the Department of Primary and Secondary Education (DPSE) to update information on the funds released to the state from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan over a PIL relating to provision of facilities in primary and secondary schools in the state within 15 days.
In a PIL filed on April 4, 2011, it was stated that 4,844 out of the 46,400 primary schools in the state did not have drinking water facility. The HC had ordered the state to provide drinking water and toilet facilities to all government schools by December 31, 2011.
The state in its affidavit stated that among primary schools, 46,309 and 46,346 toilets have been constructed for boys and girls respectively. It also added that 34 and 9 toilets for boys and girls respectively are under construction.
In high schools, the state has provided drinking water and toilet facilities to 4,277 schools and the facility needs to be provided to just one school. The petitioner stated that the Sarva Shiksha Abiyan and Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan releases funds to primary and high schools annually details of which get displayed on the website; however, the petitioner added that the same was last updated only in 2010.