In April this year, learners from the Rivoni School for the Blind in Elim blockaded roads after their complaints about broken toilets and showers went unanswered.
During his speech on Friday, Mathabhatha announced that R192m would be spent to “address the backlog of school sanitation infrastructure in 100 schools across the province”.
Outside, learners and EE supporters chanted and held up posters. “There are only two pit toilets for the whole school. So during break time, there is a long queue,” said a grade 12 learner at Seipone Secondary.
EE member Sibongile Teffo said, “We are picketing to remind Premier Mathabhatha about the state of toilets and access to water at schools in the province and that the department [of education] should meet the [Norms and Standards for School Infrastructure] deadline in November 2020.”
In a statement, Equal Education said, “We are appalled at the Limpopo department of education’s ‘plan’ to fix school toilets. The ‘plan’ submitted by the provincial department and the department of basic education (DBE) to the Polokwane High Court, in accordance with an order of court in the Michael Komape case, is an insult to Limpopo learners and teachers.”
- This article was originally published by GroundUp