Motshekga Addresses School Infrastructure Concerns

school learners sitting in rows at desks

During the media briefing on the developments in the Basic Education sector, Minister Angie Motshekga gave an update on the department's progress concerning school infrastructure.

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Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, noted the concerns regarding the pace of replacement of pit latrines at schools in South Africa.

According to the Minister, progress is being made in the replacement of the pit latrines and as a Department, they have improved the monitoring of the delivery of school infrastructure projects.

Basic pit toilets have been scheduled for removal at 2 825 schools as part of the Sanitation Appropriate for Education (SAFE) initiative.

Out of the 2 825, 1 186 schools have successfully seen the removal of the basic pit toilets. 

The rest of the schools are scheduled to achieve practical completion before the end of this year or during the 2022/23 financial year.

The SAFE initiative aims to replace basic pit toilets with appropriate sanitation following the Norms and Standards for school infrastructure.

Appropriate sanitation should include age-appropriate facilities and facilities which accommodate disabled pupils.

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