The mobile toilets are not good enough - Ormonde SGB

2016-01-14 11:46
One of the mobile toilets. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

One of the mobile toilets. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The Ormonde Primary School Governing Body (SGB) said they will only consider bringing back all the pupils once the education department delivers on all its promises. 

Speaking to News24, SGB chairperson Teddy Nair said they were not satisfied with the number of mobile toilets that were delivered on Thursday morning by the education department. Nair said 20 VIP toilets could not accommodate 700 learners.

"We are looking at 700 kids with 20 toilets. This is still a bit risky. Let's be honest, if you have a Grade 7 boy and a Grade 4 girl in same place, something can happen, so they need to ensure that toilets are separate for the kids and then only will we consider bringing back all the kids," Nair said. 

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visited the school on Wednesday and instructed his department to deliver flushing toilets immediately. Lesufi said he was not satisfied with the school's toilet facilities. 

The SGB shut down the school, complaining of problems with sanitation, and no phones and electricity. Nair, however, said the efforts made by the education department meant there had been progress. He said their priority at the moment was water and sanitation.


A truck delivers the mobile toilets. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

"At this point you are looking at progress. We will see how far the progress goes. On Sunday morning, we will sit as the SGB and assess whether or not to send SMSes to parents to bring back their kids," he said. 

Nair told News24 they would also tackle the teacher shortage at a later stage. "We are short of six teachers, but that is a story for another day. Let's focus on this first," he said. ‎

When News24 visited the school, only 45 learners had reported back and construction was still in progress. An education official told News24 they would complete the connection of the school's sewer pipeline with the main pipeline by Monday. ‎

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  education  |  service delivery

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.