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Still no toilets for many Limpopo schools

The issue of sanitation remains a major problem and an obstacle to learning at several schools.

FILE: Construction of toilets in some Limpopo schools have grounded to a halt. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Limpopo Education Department says sanitation remains a top priority for the 2015 academic year and at least 85 percent of projects have been completed.

But pupils in many parts of rural Limpopo have returned to their classrooms to find they're still without toilets and in some cases construction on sanitation projects has ground to a halt.

The province appears to have sorted out last year's textbook crisis, but the issue of sanitation remains a major problem and an obstacle to learning at several schools.

The department's Paena Galane, "We had a three year plan, then we realised we needed to fast track the whole issue, reduce the whole time frame from three years to one year.

"In December we were at 85 percent in terms of our delivery of sanitation in all our schools."

In 2014, textbooks had still not been delivered to at least 39 Limpopo schools for the academic year.

This despite claims by the Basic Education Department that 100 percent of book deliveries have been made.

Basic Education for All approached the North Gauteng High Court in order to compel officials to complete deliveries.

In 2012, Section 27 approached the courts to force the department to deliver workbooks.