MEC for Education, Ishmael Kgetjepe believes the completion of enviroloo toilets at Klaas Mothapo Secondary School will restore the dignity of learners previously subjected to substandard ablution facilities for years.
Kgetjepe spoke at the sod turning ceremony of government‘s water and sanitation projects at Klaas Mothapo Secondary School in Ga-Mothapo area outside Mankweng last Friday.
The department will build six enviroloo toilets and demolish the pit toilets at the school, drill and equip a borehole, install a reticulation system for water to stand pipes and hand basins basins, all to the value of R536 000.
The school’s nearly 472 learners have been using two old, dilapidated ablution facilities which have become a health hazard.
“This project will surely go a long way towards restoring the human dignity of our learners and educators. This sod turning ceremony implants among our people the fundamental principles that education is a societal issue which must never be taken for granted by all of us. Most schools are still using pit toilets whose walls are built of mud bricks, wood, timber, corrugated iron sheets, plastic and mealie-meal rags,” the MEC elaborated.
He also mentioned that the initiative takes forward the task of providing learners with better and improved facilities that contribute to the overall education in the school. “This move is a testimony that we are attending swiftly, as a matter of urgency to our schools infrastructure backlogs, more especially the provision of water and sanitation. In some schools you have worste case scenarios where some of these pit toilets are not enclosed at all. Some of them have open holes that obviously pose serious security risks to our learners in general, not to mention the foundation phase learners. We don’t want to go down memory lane and remind ourselves of fatal incidents where learners have lost their lives after falling into these hazardous pit toilets,” Kgetjepe remarked
Principal Makhure Mphekgoana said the new toilets will alleviate congestion caused by the learners at the facilities. “We only had two toilets which could no longer accommodate all the learners, especially the girls. The toilets have been here for the past 20 years and they are dilapidated and no longer good for use. We want to thank the department for the gesture and we promise to take good care of the new facilities.”
Kgepetje further informed that construction started on Monday and that the contractors are expected to complete the project in six weeks’ time.
Story: Herbert Rachuene