Clean environment at schools would help the pupils learn better and the parents' committees, teachers and NGOs must meet regularly to ensure better sanitation in schools, Special Principal Secretary (Primary Education and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan) Chandana Khan said here on Monday.
The State Government initiated steps to provide toilets in all schools in the State and though 89 per cent of them were completed only 29 per cent were in full use, she said at a regional workshop on sanitation at school, organised by the State Rajiv Vidya Mission (SSA) and UNICEF at a tourist resort at Rushikonda.
Awareness must be created among children to use toilets without fail and washing hands and keeping their premises clean, she said.
Collector Lav Agarwal felt the need to create awareness among children from the school stage on personal hygiene and sanitation, to keep diseases at the bay and make them study well.
Education specialist from the UNICEF Sukanya Subrahmanyan explained how cleanliness would positively effect pupil's personality and studies.
State Coordinator of RTE Act Cell V. Madhusudhan, State Community Mobilisation Officer B. Sayanna, engineering consultant T.V. Bhojraj, Project Officers of RVM and DEOs of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and East Godavari districts and representatives of NGOs participated.