by Safiyia Stanfley – DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
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Date: 02 May 2018
The Democratic Alliance has requested that the Northern Cape Department of Education brief the Portfolio Committee on Education, Sport, Arts & Culture on its efforts to address the school sanitation crises in the province.
With a number of schools reporting challenges and with pit toilets still present at 55 schools, the department must do more to ensure that adequate sanitation is provided at schools. It is not enough to say that every school has an ablution block when the toilets inside are broken, the school doesn’t have an adequate water supply or when sewage overflows frequently occur.
We welcome the reported collaboration between the department and the Sol Plaatje Local Municipality on the sewage overflows at the Pescodia High School in Kimberley last week. But it appears that the department still has a reactive rather than a proactive approach to the matter.
Sewage overflows have been occurring at the school for a while and a long-term resolution is needed to prevent continuous disruptions to schooling.
We want to know how the department works with local municipalities across the province to address infrastructure challenges, especially in light of allegations that building plans submitted by the department are not always approved prior to construction taking place.
Other schools in Kimberley experiencing challenges with sanitation include Homevale Primary School, where only two toilets are functional, and Venus Primary School.
It is unacceptable that the health and safety of our learners, educators and staff at schools continue to be placed at risk. It is time for a Total Change, because the people deserve a caring government that will prioritise their needs.
DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education in the Northern Cape
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