'Khayelitsha kids cannot learn about sanitation'

A Khayelitsha principal says he cannot teach kids about sanitation when their community has none.

Lwandle Primary School in Khayelitsha. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Khayelitsha school principal said on Wednesday his pupils cannot be expected to learn good sanitation habits if they're forced to use old toilet systems.

Lwandle Primary School is one of the schools calling on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to institute basic norms and standards in schools.

The school's grey facebrick building is well kept and pupils could be seen sweeping the dirt from their classrooms. Caretakers were cutting the lawn and removing all unwanted rubble from the premises as well.

But principal Stanley Maqubela said all this work is in vain if pupils are still forced to use an old toilet system.

Around 855 pupils use 16 urinals, which are more than two decades old.

The flush mechanism no longer works, which means caretakers have to go behind the ablution areas to pull the chain.

Maqubela said the Western Cape Education Department has requested a list of all maintenance work which is needed at the school.

But he said no deadlines have been given for when the refurbishments will be done.