BANGALORE : Six schools in Bangalore South, government and aided, have no toilets, according to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
State education officials, however, claim no government school is without toilets. The Central Ministry has uploaded its findings on its official website. Although 36 schools without toilets is a matter of shame, Karnataka is much better off than states like Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
Of 44,672 state government schools across Karnataka, 36 share the same plight. Bangalore South includes Rajarajeshwarinagar, Byatarayanapura, RPC Layout, Chinnayyana Palya, Doddabasti and KR Puram, where schools without toilets are located.
The Education Department has set down a rule that boys and girls should have separate toilets. But the schools in these localities do not even have common toilets. Bangalore South is considered the most developed education district, with 3,944 schools. Of them, 962 are state government, 370 aided and 2,612 unaided private.Bangalore North has 2,726 schools. Of them, 560 are government, 323 aided and 1,843 unaided private.
Chikmagalur district tops the list with 16 schools without toilets.
The Karnataka High Court had set a March 2013 deadline for all schools to provide separate toilets for boys and girls, and the government claims it has complied with the order. About 2.43 lakh schools across India, including 37,404 in Bihar alone, function without toilets.