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International Research Journal of Public and Environmental Health
Vol.3 (3),pp. 47-54, March 2016
ISSN 2360-8803
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Article 16/ID/JPRH013/ 08 pages
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Original Research Article

A comparative study of the sanitation practices between urban and sub-urban school children in Jessore District, Bangladesh

Sayka Jahan* and M.R.H. Roky

Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Jessore University of Science and Technology, Jessore 7408, Bangladesh

*Corresponding Author E-mail: saykaes(at)

date Received: February 17, 2016     date Accepted: March 15, 2016     date Published: March 22, 2016


This study was conducted in 19 urban and sub-urban primary and secondary schools of Jessore district of Bangladesh where 226 respondents between the age of (6 to 15) years   from those schools were selected randomly and interviewed with the use of a questionnaire to find out comparative sanitation practices during school time. In the surveyed schools, toilet using (No of Students per Toilet) ratio was  71:1 that varies in urban 58:1 and in sub-urban area 103:1. Although  95% of sub-urban students use  tube-well water for drinking purpose, only 10% of them get the facilities of water  purification system ( filter).  On the other hands 51% students of urban schools use tube-well water for drinking purpose but 70% of them get the facilities of water purification system.  During school time 42% students of urban schools wash their hand before taking snacks, while only 29% students of sub-urban schools do that.  The scenario is quite different in case of hand washing practices, where only 22% of urban students and 50% of sub-urban students use soap as hand washing material after defecation, as  reason they said that, soap is absent  in most of the urban schools toilets.

Key words: Sanitation practice, purification system, drinking water, waste dumping, hand washing.

Sayka and Roky