After students of Lonvadi village forced to defecate in the open, teacher tries to get them toilets

The Fact News Service

November 22

Cracked tiles, wall paint chipping off, showing its withering state over the years, and no light bulbs. Such is the dilapidated state of the toilets inside the Zilla Parishad Primary school in Lonvadi village of Yavatmal district in Maharashtra. Located in the remote village of Pusad Taluka, the school has been struggling to gather funds to repair its toilets for over a decade now.

The teacher, who has been with the school since 2005, says the school was initially under the jurisdiction of the Gram Panchayat. “In 2009, the administration of the school was taken over by the Zilla Parishad. The officials then promised to repair the toilets before it was handed over. But that never happened,” Suresh recalls.

The school has about 30 students with just two toilets — one for boys and the other for girls. The seats inside the toilets have been damaged beyond repair.

Suresh adds that the girls usually go in pairs to relieve themselves in the woods. “It is unsafe, and they also lose out on their lectures during that time. Add to that, there are animals, which often scare the students,” he says.

The teacher says funds have been sought from the Gram Panchayat and other bodies, but they were spent on maintaining the school facilities.

In a video shared by the teacher, Nisha Ingale, a class V student, says, “I live about a kilometre away from the school. I like attending classes and learning, but the toilet is in poor condition, which makes it difficult to study there.”

(story sourced through inputs from agencies)