Old school toilets need a revamp

2015-11-10 06:00
Casiem Mohamed, chairperson of the school governing body at Chapel Street Primary School in Woodstock, says they need help to revamp the boys and girls’ bathrooms in the school. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Casiem Mohamed, chairperson of the school governing body at Chapel Street Primary School in Woodstock, says they need help to revamp the boys and girls’ bathrooms in the school. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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The school governing body of Chapel Street Primary School in Woodstock is pleading for help to renovate the school’s boys and girls’ bathrooms.

Since the school was established 103 years ago the pupils have been using the same toilets. The school governing body feels it’s about time for a change.

Pupils have also said they want new toilets.

The toilets are old and don’t work properly, resulting in the floors being flooded with water regularly. Apart from being old, copper wires have been stolen, resulting in poor lighting and marks on the walls. The paint is old and in some of the toilets it has been coming off.

Now there are calls for those who can help to give a hand for the better of the school but also for the well-being of the pupils.

Casiem Moahamed, chairperson of the school governing body, says: “We want better toilet facilities because it will also help them to look after them properly. As it is now it’s difficult for them to take good care of them because they are not working properly. When the toilets are working properly they will be proud of the school and it will help them to learn better as well. They will respect the school and take good care of it. We’re asking for help from people out there who can help us change the lives of these kids.”

A second priority is improving the play area, because when it rains it gets full of water, making it impossible for pupils to play.

Karriem Gabriels, acting school principal, says the toilets are very old.

“We have a lot of things that we want changed at the school and the toilets are a priority. They have been damaged, lights and cables stolen. We don’t have money to do that and we are asking those who can help to come through for us. It will really mean a lot to us as a school but most of all to the children who have to use the toilets every day,” says Gabriels.

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Readers who want to help the school renovate its toilets can call Mohamed on 083 417 8697.

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