A number of Gauteng schools still without running water

As a result of no running water, some schools are currently making use of temporary toilets.

FILE: Running tap. Picture: Freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department has revealed a number of schools in the province are still without running water and as a result are currently making use of temporary toilets.

While parents at Ormonde Primary School have told Eyewitness News that the sanitary situation at the school has improved after it was shut down over the poor state of toilets, the department says it still has a long way to go.

The department's Oupa Bodibe says while he cannot confirm the exact number of schools in the province that are using temporary toilets, most of those affected are in Soweto.

On the first day of the 2016 academic year children at Ormonde Primary were turned away at the school gates after the school governing body complained that temporary toilets brought in because of a lack of running water were not suitable for children.

On a recent visit to the school in southern Johannesburg, Eyewitness News found flushing toilets and running taps.

The department says it's trying to fix the problem across all affected schools.