The state government on Monday filed a compliance affidavit before the Bombay High Court relating to surprise visits by its officers to five Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools for ascertaining whether toilets and drinking water facilities were available, in accordance to directions by the apex court relating to Right to Education (RTE) Act.
The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by one Bhagvanji Raiyani, referring to the issue of toilet facilities in girls’ and boys’ schools under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation.
According to the inspection report filed on February 10, 2015, in relation to Dongri Marathi Primary School, Mandvi Hindi Primary School and Dongri Marathi Secondary School, these schools were fulfilling RTE Act norms in terms of water facilities and availability of separate bathrooms for girls and boys. But while there was availability of ample drinking water, the storage tank was cleaned eight months back, said the report.
In the case of Vadgadi Primiary School and Kambekar Street Urdu School, however, the team found that they were not fulfilling the RTE Act norms as drinking water connection was provided in one of the bathrooms and separate lavatory and toilets had not been provided.
“The school Education and Sports Department had issued orders to 12 officers for surprise inspections of five municipal schools in 12 wards and to submit a report about toilet and drinking water facilities. As ordered, the 12 officers have carried out the surprise checks,” said the affidavit.