Treasury sets aside R3.4bn to get rid of pit toilets in schools

Treasury sets aside R3.4bn to get rid of pit toilets in schools

- Pit toilets are a nasty reality for many students in rural schools

- It has been reported that children have died because they had to use these unsanitary facilities

- Now, the National Treasury has put aside R3.4 billion in the hopes of getting rid of pit toilets for good

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In South Africa's rural areas, there are thousands of pit toilets at schools where children risk getting sick and injured.

There have even been reports of deaths linked to pit toilets and no one like to think of children using such facilities.

IOL News reports that the National Treasury says it has allocated R3.4 billion for the next 3 years to get rid of these toilets.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that it is estimated that rural province schools have about 3 898 pit toilets.

"The Government has allocated a total of R3.4bn to this initiative over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework. The private sector has also pledged more than R25 million. The Department of Basic Education has identified clear time frames and delivery models."

It is hoped that within the next 3 years, these toilets will completely disappear from all schools.

Although Africa Check determined that the number of deaths linked to pit toilets was overrated, one is still too many, just as four are way too many.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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