Absence of toilets is one of the major contributory factors for the increase in drop-out ratio of girl children from government-run schools in Orissa’s Kendrapara district.

As many as 498 schools in the district are without toilet provisions. Significantly, the drop-out of girls from this toilet-less schools is greater than those schools equipped with either latrines or toilets, according to official sources.

A high-level meeting at the district headquarters on Tuesday to review the sanitation scheme threw light on this disturbing trend, they said.

Parents now prefer admitting their girl child in neighbouring schools having the basic sanitation facilities.

To deal with the situation, authorities have been directed to ensure construction and provision of toilet facilities in all schools by the end of this month, a senior official said.