An independent survey by over 20, 000 children from different backgrounds who physically verified the infrastructure of schools and Anganwadis in their villages and nearby areas has painted a dismal picture of these. The infrastructure was judged on the basis of availability of clean drinking water, safe pucca buildings and toilets for girls.
The campaign covered 3,677 schools and 3,810 Anganwadis spread across 16 states and 1,000 villages. Of the 3,677 schools that were surveyed by the children, 77 percent of schools had drinking facility but only 13.83 percent schools had water which is safe to drink. Out of the 62 percent of schools which had toilet for girls, only 13.33 percent were in fine state. Many children pointed out that even if there was provision for a girls' toilet, the hygienic conditions were suspect or there was no water supply.
According to the score card prepared by these children, only 10 percent of Anganwadis under the Integrated Child Development Scheme qualified for five marks.
The students also complained of poor infrastructure, laid back attitude of teachers and staff and poor implication of rules and regulations in the institutions.