'We are forced to walk 2km when nature calls'
School pupils fume over toilets (and textbooks)
MORE than 900 pupils who attend Napscom Secondary School in Tickeyline village outside Tzaneen, Limpopo, boycotted lessons yesterday to complain about the school's toilets that have been dysfunctional for about a month.
The pupils are said to have prevented teachers from entering classrooms and told them there would be no teaching and learning until all the toilets were functional.
The schoolgoers also voiced their displeasure over a shortage of textbooks.
"Because of the current situation most of us are forced to walk about 2km to the Maake Plaza in order to respond to the call of nature," a Grade 12 pupil, Fridah Maake, said.
Yesterday Maake also said more often than not, when they return from the plaza they have automatically lost out on two sessions of the school day.
Pupils claim they are forced to buy stationery since the school has failed to supply them with it.
Speaking on behalf of school management Thomo Kgomo said problems at the school began when thugs stole the electric cables of a borehole that supplied the school's toilets with water.
"We are depending on municipal water tankers, that we share with the local community," he said.
The spokesman for the provincial department of education, Pat Kgomo, said the matter was receiving attention.
He said the department had undertaken to send a team of inspectors to the school to investigate the problem.