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More than 66% of schools didn’t have internet access: Union govt

At least 66% of of the 14,89,115 schools in the country were without internet access in the 2021-22 academic year when the education system worked in the online mode in view of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Union education ministry report.

55.5% schools in India did not have computer facilities, it said.

Only 6,82,566 schools had computers in the academic year 2021-22 while 5, 04, 989 of them had internet connectivity, said the Unified District Information System for Education (UIDSE+) report, which was released on Thursday.

The report said only 2.2% of the schools had digital libraries and that only 14.9% of them had smart classrooms, used for teaching with digital boards, smart boards, and smart TVs.

10.6% of the schools did not have electricity and 23.04% were without playgrounds, it noted.

12.7% did not have libraries and reading rooms, the report highlighted.

Another data found is that only 26.96% of schools had children with special needs (CWSN)-friendly toilets and less than 50% had ramps with handrail facilities in 2021-22.

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