N$30m boost for school toilets

30 September 2020 | Health

ESTER KAMATI

OTJIWARONGO



The government has made N$30 million available for upgrading taps and bathroom facilities at schools and hostels across the Otjozondjupa Region.

This according to regional education director Josephine Mutenda, who said this is to ensure cleanliness at schools and the maintenance of existing infrastructure.

She said the upgrades are expected to be completed by next month.

According to chief regional officer Agatha Mweti, the upgrades are relevant to complying with sanitation and hygiene standards.

“Especially with Covid-19, it is necessary that hygiene is maintained at a higher standard and that there's water and proper ablution facilities.”



Schools

Schools benefiting from the project include the Auuns, Grasshoek, Kalenga, Luiperdheuwel, Omatako and Tsumkwe primary schools, as well as Tsumkwe Secondary School and KJ Kapeua Combined School. Acting principal of KJ Kapeua in the Omatako constituency, Gerson Kasinee, shared his gratitude to government for the assistance.

He said the school, which has 640 learners, did not have functional toilets, and learners often had to relieve themselves in nearby bushes.

“We are very glad; it is a blessing in disguise because all along we have been fighting for the facilities to be upgraded.”

From Kasinee's observations, the contractors are about 80% complete with the upgrades at the school and halfway with the hostel facilities.

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