School Sanitation in Odisha

By Shamindra Nath Roy and Sukriti Jhingta
22 June 2018

Sanitation access in schools is important to keep children, especially girl children in school. It is also important to spread the culture of safe sanitation more widely, especially among the young. Using a unique mapping of DISE (District Information System for Education) data on 0.94 million schools and Primary Census Abstract (PCA) data on village-level amenities, this brief looks at the variation in school sanitation across the state of Odisha by location and gender and the relationship between access to sanitation in schools and the access to sanitation within households of the block. It finds considerable variation, especially looking across spatial distributions, which need greater focus, going forward. However, access to school sanitation is consistently better than sanitation in the block as a whole.