No water, no lessons

2010-10-20 07:25

Steynsrus Combined School, with more than 500 pupils, was forced to close its doors this week due to a water shortage, which had been crippling the town for the past two weeks.

Volksblad newspaper reported the school’s two hostels, which each housed 120 pupils, could not function without water any longer, the report said. Various children had become sick, toilets were not work and no washing could be done.

School principal Danie van Schalkwyk confirmed the school would be closed until October 31, with the Free State education department’s permission.

“Because they (pupils) would be back, we hope Steynsrus by that time has water again,” Van Schalkwyk was quoted as saying in the report.

The school was however not closed for Grade 12 pupils due to start writing their exams starting next week.

Teachers would also be at work.

Van Schalkwyk said although farmers and others had been helping provide water to the hostels, as wells as the Moqhaka local municipality, these tanks were not enough.

Recently the Moqhaka local municipality announced it was battling to provide water to Steynsrus due to the level of the Vals River and the dry rain season.

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