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'Gauteng school sanitation crisis must be resolved'

Equal Education say there is one toilet per 100 schools in 30 percent of the department's schools.

FILE: Broken toilets lie outside a Soweto school on 29 April 2013. Picture:Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Education advocacy group Equal Education on Sunday said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi must resolve what it calls a sanitation crisis in schools across the province.

The organisation held a summit at the weekend following an audit it conducted across 200 schools.

The audit revealed that there is one toilet per 100 schools in 30 percent of the department's schools.

The group demanded the establishment of appropriate standards for sanitation and for the department to provide a budget for this.

The organisation's Adam Bradlow said Lesufi accepted all the demands unconditionally.

"On Saturday we presented that sanitation crisis and a number of other major challenges in the education system to Lesufi and demanded a response and demanded answers. Lesufi made a bold promise that he accepted all of our demands unconditionally."

Last week, the group demanded that Lesufi make available R350 million for maintenance, water, sanitation and electricity in schools around the province by youth day next month.