About 70 per cent of government schools in 13 states across the country do not have libraries, as per the findings of a study by Child Rights and You (CRY). The study, entitled ‘Learning Blocks’, conducted by the NGO across 71 districts, revealed gaps in implementation of the RTE Act.
The study reveal that necessary provisions like school infrastructure, all-weather buildings, toilets and drinking water facilities, fencing or boundary walls, the pupil-teacher ratio and the one-classroom-one-teacher practice are not at 100 per cent compliance.
Puja Marwaha, Chief Executive Officer of CRY, said, “Children cannot stay in schools without basic infrastructure like safe classrooms, electricity, clean drinking water and toilets. The study reveals that lack of basic infrastructure is one of the key factors that drive children out of schools.”