PANAJI: According to the latest statistics released by the human resource development ministry, physical infrastructure in elementary government schools in Goa has improved drastically.

Of the 1,124 government schools in Goa, a majority - 89.15% - function from buildings owned by the government, while the rest function from either rent-free buildings or from those rented by the state.

A significant percentage, 48.14, of government elementary schools in Goa function from structures that have at least two classrooms.

This is a much better figure than the national average of 26.35% schools that function with a minimum of two classrooms.

Of the government management schools in Goa, 66.11%are in good physical condition and only 5.33% are in need of major repairs. The rest 28.56% are awaiting minor repairs. Nationally, over 19% schools are in need of major repairs.

As many as 97.51% elementary schools in Goa have drinking water available, which is a much better figure than the national average of 86.97% schools.

In Goa, 46.44% schools have a separate toilet available for girl students and over 31% have provided ramps for the benefit of students with disabilities.

The number of schools providing such facilities as a separate toilet for girls and ramps have doubled in Goa since last year's survey by the HRD ministry.

The percentage of government elementary schools that have a playground in Goa has also improved to 35.68% as against the statistics in last year's survey.

A whopping 93.15% of the elementary schools in Goa have electricity connections as against only 27.97% schools nationally.

The percentage of elementary schools in Goa with a computer is also much better at over 11% as against 8.86% nationally.

The performance of students at the elementary level in Goa too seems to be better than that of students in other states of the country.

Of the total enrolment up to class IV, over 55% boys scored over 60% marks and over 61% girls scored over 60% marks.

This comprehensive database on elementary education in India was prepared by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA).

The project for the same was called the District Information System for Education (DISE). It was prepared by NUEPA for the Union human resource development ministry.

3 July, 2010