The Karnataka High Court recently expressed its deep displeasure over the lack of proper toilets and drinking water facilities in schools across Karnataka and directed the State government to take expeditious action to redress the same [Registrar (Judicial) v The Chief Secretary]..A bench of Chief Justice PB Varale and Justice MGS Kamal orally observed during the hearing that lack of such essential infrastructure at schools may deprive even the brightest students of the opportunity to participate in the State and the country's progress."This really pains us. Last time also we observed that, on one hand, those are the fortunate who have the facility of schools with all modern technology and gadgets and pure water and whatnot. Only because of this callous approach, somebody who may be desirous of having his education of his ward in a school becomes a dream for that poor parent (sic)," the Court remarked..The Court also directed the government to carry out a fresh survey across schools in the State with regard to the availability of these facilities and take action to rectify the lack of drinking water within two weeks. "We make it clear that during survey, if shortcomings are pointed out, the State government may take rectifying measures immediately," the Court added..The order was passed after the Court examined a report submitted by the Amicus Curiae in suo motu proceedings initiated with respect to reported violation of the fundamental right of children to primary education. .When the Bench examined images and reports from schools shown by the authorities of the education department, it found several lacunae in the infrastructural facilities at the schools. "Apparently, an attempt is made to show that now only in 38 schools, the toilet facility is not available and in all schools, drinking water is available", the order noted. .The Court further observed that the facilities did not meet the required standards and were simply "namesake" facilities. "The photo, annexed to the report, least to say, shocks one's conscience. There is nothing in the photo to show whether to toilet is for boys or girls. Secondly, the toilet block is in an entirely shabby condition, even the outer wall and the door seems to have recently painted. That too, just putting some coats of paint," the bench observed. .Further, it was found that at one school, water was carried by an attendant on their head for drinking and cleaning purposes. "Such a casual attitude! Show some seriousness. Some concern. Please do not defend this. It pains a lot. We are not able to say anything more," the Court was prompted to remark. .With this, the case was adjourned for three months so that a fresh survey report may be filed.