1st of March 2017
School Ablution Facilities in poorer schools are often neglected by the School.
On a recent oversight visit to several schools in Mitchells Plain 1 Constituency I found that the toilets in Tafelsig, Oval North, Lentegeur were not in good condition.
I enquired at a Parliamentary Committee on Education to Mr. Archie Lewis, Chief Director for Infrastructure, what more can be done by the department?
He indicated that “government cannot be in a permanent maintenance mode”. He further indicated that “schools should take responsibility and also ensure that toilets are locked after school to ensure vandals or those that want to vandal the school don’t have access to it.”
At Portland High School an initiative led by no other than Mrs Farieda Moses (Chairperson of the School Governing Body) shows what can be done if leaders take the task into their own hands. The fact that it was led by the Chairperson of the School Governing Body shows how serious they are taking the matter.
I would recommend to the Provincial Minister of Education, Debbie Schaefer that a similar model be looked into so that other schools ablution facilities can also be in excellent condition. They can also use the knowledge of all these Ablution Experts to do site visits and establish more clubs at Schools in the Western Cape.
I was impressed with what they have achieved and hope that the model can be duplicated in other schools as well. Their school performed so well that Learners from Portlands High School was selected to be part of the South African delegation to an International School Sanitation Conference in New Delhi, India- the objective of the conference was to establish a Global Sanitation Club to share best practices and collaborate to address School Sanitation challenges.
Following the establishing of the Global Sanitation Club, the conference resolved to host its inaugural International Club Conference in Cape Town during 2017.
I would like to congratulate these learners on their exemplary achievement. I also commend them on their commitment to sharing best practice with neighbouring schools.
Member of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament
DA Constituency Head for Mitchells Plain 1