According to the 2018 report of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), an average of 34.96 percent schools in the Northeastern states had usable toilets for girls in 2018 compared to 36.66 per cent in 2016. According to the report, with 75.7 percent schools – a marginal increase from 75 percent in 2016 – having usable toilets for girls, Sikkim performed better than the national average of 66.4 percent last year.
But Sikkim’s performance was overshadowed by the less-than-satisfactory performance by the seven other states in the region. Nagaland was the next best state with 47 percent, an increase from 40.9 percent in 2016, followed by Mizoram with the highest percentile increase from 25.3 percent to 34.9 percent in two years. The other five states performed poorly, the steepest drop for Assam being 38.3 percent from 54.2 percent in 2016.
Manipur had 9.1 percent schools having fewer usable toilets for girls, followed by Meghalaya, with 8.6 percent, Arunachal Pradesh with 7.6 percent and Tripura with 7.3 percent.
The average for the Northeast last year was poorer than the 44.99 per cent in 2016. Sikkim, Assam and Mizoram had an average 68.53 percent schools that had drinking water facilities in schools. The national average was 74.8 percent.