Equal Education demands R350m for Gauteng township schools

The funds are required for maintenance, water, sanitation and electricity in schools.

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JOHANNESBURG - Equal Education has demanded that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi make available R350 million for maintenance, water, sanitation and electricity in schools around the province by youth day next month.

The movement conducted a social audit which revealed that 100 pupils are made to share a single working toilet in township schools.

The research was conducted in more than 200 schools in areas including Tembisa, Atteridgeville, Alexandra and Meadowlands.

Equal Education's Nombulelo Nyathela says they want monies be allocated to those schools and maintenance of the facilities be kept intact.

"We want a public model budget for schools in the townships that people can hold Mr Lesufi by. We want maintenance to be fully funded to the amount of R350 million because that's how much it really costs to properly maintain schools in Gauteng."