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‘100 pupils share a single toilet in township schools’

Equal Education conducted research on 200,000 pupils in more than 200 schools across the province.

FILE: Equal Education says there are not enough working toilets at township schools in Gauteng. Picture: Freeimages.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Equal Education says it's conducted a social audit that's shown, on average, 100 pupils are made to share a single working toilet in Gauteng's township schools.

The education movement conducted research on 200,000 pupils in more than 200 schools across the province.

The areas include Tembisa, Atteridgeville, Alexandra and Meadowlands.

Equal Educations say its social audit was carried out by 500 people, including pupils, teachers, parents and grandparents in the various townships across Gauteng.

The movement's Nombulelo Nyathela says they identified other problems.

"Over a 100 students share a single working toilet. There's no soap, toilet paper or sanitary facilities in these schools."

Equal Education fought for the minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure law in November 2013 after finding that pupils in and around Gauteng were not given access to proper water, sanitation, electricity and other essentials needed at schools.

It claims more than a year after Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi promised to spend R150 million to upgrade sanitation conditions in 580 schools, nothing has been done.

The group is now demanding answers from Lesufi by youth day next month.