The Supreme Court today directed the Centre, all states and Union Territories to provide basic facilities such as toilets and drinking water in all government schools across the country latest by December 31.
A bench comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Dipak Misra was shocked to learn that in a large number of schools run by the government and local bodies, basic facilities like toilet and safe drinking water were not available.
Government schools are in hopeless condition and in a large number of schools, there were no classrooms and the children were forced to study under trees in inhuman conditions.
There was a total lack of hygiene and sanitation in government schools.
The SC has been issuing directions from time to time to improve the conditions of these schools.
Majority of students in these schools belong to the weaker sections of the society.