Eastern Cape Schools Left Without Proper Sanitation
Schools in Eastern Cape are still struggling with no proper sanitation. Learner have to go through uncomfortable measures to see to their basic needs and it is putting these learner at risk.
Eastern Cape schools have been experiencing an on going struggle with regards to there basic sanitation needs. Pupils of various schools are relying on the Eastern Cape Department of Education and the National Department of Education to provide them with toilets
A school in the Eastern Cape that was recently provided with toilets by the government, losses access to these toilets as contractors lock them and remove there roofs, claiming that the department did not pay them.
This mishap has led to school children having to relieve themselves outside on fields and behind old buildings putting them in uncomfortable and unsanitary positions. Teachers express concern as their learners have to be sent home halfway through the day, missing out on valuable school time, because of a lack of sanitation.
Teacher Lumka Mancotywa says:
The kids are at risk in many ways. In risk of their lives and in risk of being left behind in their school work.
While the department is said to provide mobile toilets for schools as a temporary solution, learners still have wait extremely long for these toilets to arrive.
A department spokesperson says that contractors will return to the school of the toilets they locked and removed the roof of, to fix the damage they caused as they were paid by the department.
In 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa implemented the Sanitation Appropriate for Education Project in order to provide proper sanitation for school but, so far only 44 of the 203 in the Eastern Cape has been seen to.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, proper sanitation has been one of the most in important aspects in order to keep the learners of South African schools safe and the lack of sanitation in Eastern Cape school, along with schools all over the country, are putting the lives of leaners at risk.
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