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Elementary education in complete disarray

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GUWAHATI, April 27 � Infrastructure-wise, Assam's elementary education system (government/provincialised) appears to be in a complete disarray, if the prevailing scenario is any indicator.

This is despite the fact that the Education Department State has received a staggering amount of Rs 3,183.92 crore in the last ten years.

Shockingly, nearly 95 per cent of the lower primary (LP) schools and over 70 per cent of the upper primary (UP) schools in Assam are functioning without any electricity connection.

Similarly, 60 per cent of the LP schools do not have separate toilet facilities for girls, while the percentage of LP schools without toilet for boys stands at 30 per cent (approx).

In case of upper primary schools in the State, over 30 per cent of them lack separate toilets for girl students, while nearly 25 per cent schools lack boys' toilet.

What is even more shocking is that a total of 3,302 LP schools do not have any drinking water facilities in place.

The statistics further revealed that students of as many as 630 UP schools have no access to proper drinking facilities.

Official statistics made available to The Assam Tribune revealed that of the total 30,054 LP schools, a staggering 28,375 are running without any electricity connection.

Further, a total of 10,113 LP schools do not have toilets for boys, while 18,424 of them lack any provision for toilets for the girl students.

Similarly, in case of the existing 5,863 numbers of UP schools in the State, 4,310 are running without any electricity connection. While 1,486 of them do not have any provision for boys' toilet, girl students in 2,063 UP schools have no access to toilets.

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Elementary education in complete disarray

GUWAHATI, April 27 � Infrastructure-wise, Assam's elementary education system (government/provincialised) appears to be in a complete disarray, if the prevailing scenario is any indicator.

This is despite the fact that the Education Department State has received a staggering amount of Rs 3,183.92 crore in the last ten years.

Shockingly, nearly 95 per cent of the lower primary (LP) schools and over 70 per cent of the upper primary (UP) schools in Assam are functioning without any electricity connection.

Similarly, 60 per cent of the LP schools do not have separate toilet facilities for girls, while the percentage of LP schools without toilet for boys stands at 30 per cent (approx).

In case of upper primary schools in the State, over 30 per cent of them lack separate toilets for girl students, while nearly 25 per cent schools lack boys' toilet.

What is even more shocking is that a total of 3,302 LP schools do not have any drinking water facilities in place.

The statistics further revealed that students of as many as 630 UP schools have no access to proper drinking facilities.

Official statistics made available to The Assam Tribune revealed that of the total 30,054 LP schools, a staggering 28,375 are running without any electricity connection.

Further, a total of 10,113 LP schools do not have toilets for boys, while 18,424 of them lack any provision for toilets for the girl students.

Similarly, in case of the existing 5,863 numbers of UP schools in the State, 4,310 are running without any electricity connection. While 1,486 of them do not have any provision for boys' toilet, girl students in 2,063 UP schools have no access to toilets.

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