CHENNAI: Over 7,000 authorities colleges in Tamil Nadu wouldn’t have separate bathroom for ladies in major colleges out of which 139 colleges wouldn’t have bathroom amenities for boys additionally, in keeping with the federal government training division.“Whereas this drawback is prevalent in districts similar to Tiruvannamalai, Tanjavur, and Villupuram, metropolis colleges have adequate bathroom amenities,” mentioned Ms D. Sabitha, faculty training secretary.
For 10-year-old Ok. Cauvery, who research in an organization faculty in Chennai, as cleanliness issues to her, she all the time makes use of the bathroom amenities in her faculty. However a lot of the village faculty college students are but to be as lucky as Cauvery.“From childhood, ladies are shy and don’t be happy to make use of bathrooms which might be generally constructed for girls and boys. Whereas the infrastructure advice for colleges are checked out earlier than granting recognition, one of many foremost standards is offering adequate bathrooms for ladies,” mentioned academician S.S. Rajagopalan.
Controlling the urge to urinate can result in urinary infections and different stomach-related ailments, say medical doctors. “Any fluid within the physique retained for someday needs to be launched inside a particular interval. In any other case, it results in accumulation of stones within the urinary tract and burning sensation within the genital,” mentioned Dr Balaji Ravilla Baskaran, gastroenterologist.
The shortage of women bathrooms would possibly result in their utilizing the open floor that might be unhygienic, in keeping with Dr Karthik Surya, paediatrician. “Youngsters needs to be inculcated with good sanitary habits lest they contract germs that result in different infections,” he cautioned.
Though the drop-out price amongst faculty college students has gone down 20 per cent from final 12 months, 40,000 college students have nonetheless dropped out this 12 months. Lack of adequate bathrooms is also a cause for this, say educationists. “Whereas casteism and migration are main causes for college dropouts, lack of sanitary amenities may very well be one of many causes,” mentioned Mr S. Arumainadhan, state president of Tamil Nadu college students dad and mom affiliation.
As a part of Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat programme, major colleges in Tamil Nadu that lack bathroom amenities for ladies might be quickly supplied with the required infrastructure, in keeping with Ms Pooja Kulkarni, state venture director.“There are 37,000 authorities colleges in Tamil Nadu, of which 30,000 have separate bathrooms for ladies. The remainder will quickly be supplied separate ladies bathrooms,” she assured.
“Out of the 31,000 major and center colleges, whereas some colleges are upgraded from major to highschool, the present lessons develop into a separate entity and there’s have to assemble further bathrooms for the upgraded lessons which might be completed quickly,” she added.