State needs two more years to eradicate pit latrines at schools

State needs two more years to eradicate pit latrines at schools

- The Basic Education Department wants to eradicate pit toilets but says it will take at least another two years

- Adverse weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal posed as a setback by wreaking havoc on infrastructure

- The funding made available to solve this issue has also added time constraints

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The Basic Education Department has announced that it will take a minimum of two more years to eradicate pit toilets in South African schools.

eNCA reports that storms in KwaZulu-Natal served as a major hurdle to this endeavour, by doing immense damage to existing infrastructure.

Director-General Mathanzima Mweli commented in the long road ahead to see the end of pit latrines:

"What compounds our problem is that during the festive season the storms that we had destroyed many schools in KZN. Over a thousand schools were damaged in Ixopo."

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The official says that the state has allocated funds for three years to ensure schools have acceptable ablution facilities.

"By the financial year of 2021/2022, we should have eradicated all pit latrines."

The department has warned citizens that it cannot guarantee children will be safe in the time it takes to solve the pressing issue, Briefly.co.za gathered.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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