Eastern Cape has highest number of schools with poor to no toilets

AUGUST 4, 2015

The Eastern Cape has the highest number of schools with poor to no ablution facilities according to a National Education Infrastructure Management System report. It said that nearly 5 300 pit toilets are used by learners across the province.

The report says the situation was worse in the former Ciskei and Transkei homeland areas, where learners and teachers are forced to use the open veld.

Lower Ncera Junior and High Primary School at Cofimvaba was cited as one ot the worse affected schools. The drowning of a learner while using a pit toilet at the school two years ago has forced many to look to the veld. 

However, the Eastern Cape Department of Education says it has plans to solve the challenge. 

"In this financial year, as the department, we are building over 250 ablution facilities to schools with no toilets at all.

"It's part of our intervention to ensure that we restore dignity to both learners and staff by providing sanitation to their schools," the Eastern Cape Education Department spokesperson, Malibongwe Mtima, told the SABC.

The department says it has also roped in the services of other partners to try and alleviate the problem of pit lavatories and schools with no toilets at all.

---additional reporting SABC

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