No toilets at school with 1 000 pupils

HEALTH HAZARD: SGB chairman Thembekile Jonga points out the shocking state of the toilets at Zanoxolo Primary School in Motherwell. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI
HEALTH HAZARD: SGB chairman Thembekile Jonga points out the shocking state of the toilets at Zanoxolo Primary School in Motherwell. Picture: BRIAN WITBOOI

More than 1 000 pupils at a Port Elizabeth primary school are forced to use cracked, leaking and broken toilets that do not flush, and bathrooms with no working basins – exposing them to diseases.

According to the school management team and school governing body (SGB) at Zanoxolo Public Primary School in Motherwell’s NU1, three years of appeals for assistance to the Eastern Cape Department of Education have not yielded any results.

Principal Thembinkosi Pikelela said the toilets were so bad they needed to be demolished and replaced.

Because it was a no-fee school, it did not have the funds to replace the toilets.

“The department is aware [of the problem]. We have been asking them to help for three years now,” Pikelela said.

“There was a promise that the department, together with Public Works, would come and renovate, but we are still waiting.”

The school has eight bathrooms – four each for the boys and girls.

Each of the girls’ bathrooms has five toilets and four handbasins, while the boys’ bathrooms each have three toilets, five urinals and four handbasins.

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