According to a study, only 38 per cent of the city schools have clean drinking water facility. Further, it was found that only 28 per cent of the government schools have access to clean drinking water, although the share of private schools in the city is marginally better with 53 per cent. The final assessment of the study under the ‘School Health Accreditation Project’ was done by the Department of Education, the Department of Health, Chandigarh, and the PostGraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) with an aim to accredit the city schools as ‘health promoting schools’. Another finding of the study revealed that the share of physical activities in the school rosters is appallingly low. According to the figures, hardly any school in the city allocates a minimum of 45 minutes for physical activity for students in a day.
Whereas, only 8.9 per cent of the government schools had a minimum of two game periods in their weekly roster, while the private schools inculcating physical activities as part of the curriculum are 23 per cent. According to the sources, almost 80 per cent of the schools were found to be below the standards as per the baseline assessment under this project carried out in 2016. Also, the schools having disabled children were identified and exclusive standards were set in the initial phase. Thereafter, the schools were given a time period of one year for self-improvement. The final assessment of the project was recently concluded. The study has also revealed that the quality of nutrition and adequate knowledge of balanced nutrition has also been a neglected aspect in the majority of the city schools. Only 12.95 per cent of the schools have the provision of healthy food and beverages in their canteens.
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