Good Samaritan restores pupils’ dignity

2018-06-15 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketo Thrilled Leshman High pupils after receiving new flush toilets.

PHOTO: siphelele nketo Thrilled Leshman High pupils after receiving new flush toilets.

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THE story of pupils who regularly use unsafe toilets in schools has prompted general manager Robbie Prior of the Conrite Group to lend his assistance.

Pupils from Leshman High School, located in a remote area of Creighton, described Prior as a good Samaritan when he handed over the school’s first ever flush toilets at the school on Wednesday. They said they have been using unsafe toilets for many years.

Prior donated six toilets for female pupils, four for males and two for teachers after he was approached by the Harry Gwala District Municipality.

“The story of a child who drowned in a pit toilet at a school in Bizana and Limpopo Province touched me and I decided to act by building safe toilets in rural schools.

“I was glad when the district municipality approached me to help with the dire situation of Leshman High pupils,” said Prior. “I spent only four weeks installing the flush toilets at the school. The work was straightforward because the school has running water,” added Prior.

Last month, the Democratic Alliance’s MPL in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature Rishgen Viranna visited two schools in the Harry Gwala District, St Faith’s Junior in Umzimkhulu and Pholela High in Bulwer. Viranna said that the challenge of poor sanitation needs to be addressed.

At the hand over, Department of Education Harry Gwala district director Sindi Zakuza-Njakazi said sanitation in Harry Gwala schools is still a problem and thanked Prior for helping Leshman High School with flush toilets.

The delighted Leshman High Principal, Zolile Memela, said pupils and teachers have been exposed to various diseases because of unhygienic toilets. He said some female pupils and teachers were admitted in hospital for being sick.

“The school results will be improved by end of the year because unsafe toilets contributed to poor learning and teaching. The school received a 20% matric pass rate last year, and we hope to do better this year,” said Memela.

“In January, we visited many schools during the back to school campaign and Leshman High School complained about their lack of toilets. Today, their prayers have been answered.

Education is a societal issue,” said Harry Gwala District Municipality mayor Mluleki Ndobe who was at the event.

Ward 5 councillor Noziphiwo Mbanjwa said she appreciated Prior’s intervention and asked pupils to keep the new toilets safe and clean.

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