Hyderabad: Lack of toilets and poor maintenance of existing facilities have made it difficult for many children in the state to attend schools, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy said on 18 January while launching a toilet maintenance fund of Rs. 445 crores.
The fund will help ensure healthy and hygienic sanitation practices in government schools, Jagan said and directed officials to establish a committee at the state, district, school or college level to manage toilets.
"Sanitary ware and plumbing problems should be fixed as soon as possible. The maintenance of toilets should be given the highest priority," Jagan added.
In 2020, the state launched a host of programmes to provide basic amenities in government schools, including running water, electricity with fans and lights, drinking water, furniture for teachers and students, painting school buildings, green boards, English labs, and kitchen sheds. Now, the state government has set up an additional toilet fund to ensure healthy and hygienic conditions in schools.