Meghalaya’s 1.89 percent school buildings dilapidated

SHILLONG, Aug 9: Meghalaya has around 1.89 percent of schools with building in dilapidated condition.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.

Also the state has 18.57 percent classrooms requiring major repairs.

As per Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE), 2016-17 (Provisional), 0.67 percent of schools are having building in dilapidated condition and 7.73 percent of classrooms in schools across the country require major repairs.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 provides norms and standards for a recognised school.

The Schedule to the RTE Act mention norms and standards for a school to provide for an all-weather school building.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has issued guidelines on October 9, 2014 to all state and union territories for ensuring safety and security of school children.

Para 4.1.2 of the guidelines states that the school building should be physically sound, all-weather structures, resistant to earthquakes, fire, safe from floods and other calamities as the children are more vulnerable to be harmed and less likely to be able to react effectively in case calamity strikes.

The guidelines also state that building should be kept free from inflammable and toxic materials.

If storage of some inflammable material (e.g. fuel for cooking mid-day meal) is inevitable, they should be stored safely.

The school should have adequate emergency exits. There should be adequate supply of water and sand for fire-fighting purposes.

The guidelines also specify carrying out periodical building safety audit for each and every school.

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