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22% of schools in Maharashtra have basic facilities: RTE

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22% of schools in Maharashtra fulfill RTE norms

According to the District Information System of Education 2013-14 survey conducted by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), only 22% of schools in Maharashtra state fulfill Right To Education (RTE) Act norms.

Out of 1.05 lakh schools in Maharashtra, only 23,099 schools have all the basic facilities / norms of RTE.

In 2012, only 7% of schools fulfilled the RTE norms.

The 10 basic parameters include building, drinking water, separate toilets for girls and boys, one teacher per classroom, boundary wall, playground, shed for kitchen, ramp (for the disabled) and office-cum-store-cum-headmistress room.

Report says that private schools, aided and unaided schools are worse than the schools run by the government.

A total of 1,400 schools do not have drinking water facilities and 2,100 schools do not have toilet facilities.

As many as 1.62 crore children have been enrolled in the elementary schools across Maharashtra, out of which 63.3 lakh are studying in government run-centres, 97 lakh in private institutes and 77,700 in illegal schools, states the report.

Project director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and RTE (Maharashtra) Anil Kale said, "The progress in the past one year has been good. Moreover, the DISE data was collected in September 2013. By now, more schools would have improved. By next year, over 60% schools will be able to qualify on these parameters."

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