Plans to rapidly eradicate toilets in schools are underway – SABC News

The Department of Basic Education has yet to meet its target of eliminating toilets in some rural schools in provinces such as Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.

The Hygiene for Education initiative, which was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018, aims to tackle the backlog of poor hygiene in around three thousand schools.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the school governing body at Mohwibidu Primary School in Ga-Setati in Limpopo, Johanna Mogokong, says their students still do not have safe toilets.

“Since 2020, our students have been using the bushes to relieve themselves, during the height of COVID we had a challenge, we were not ready to reopen, our students are still using mobile toilets, they are not safe, especially for students in Phase grade R foundation, they have to climb on bricks for support, we’re worried they might fall.’

Limpopo Education spokesperson Mike Maringa says a tender will soon be called for the construction of toilets at the school.

“Their school is on the priority list and as a department we have already handed over to Mvula for implementation, the listing will be tendered this week, so we urge parents and SGB to be patient and allow the process to unfold.”

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