R3.7m allocated to EC school after child falls into unfinished pit toilet

Lutholi Junior School near Mthatha made headlines last week when a learner survived falling into a pit toilet. Image: Equality Education via Twitter

The Eastern Cape education department has given a Johannesburg-based contractor two weeks to report back to site and finish construction at a rundown school.DispatchLIVE reported last week that a six-year-old boy at Lutholi Junior School was lucky to escape with just a few bruises after falling into an old pit toilet.

The school is situated in Sibangweni village, just outside of Mthatha.Department spokesperson Mali Mtima said the matter was never directly reported to them. He said they received information through a “passing statement”.According to advocacy group Equal Education, school staff make use of toilets in the nearby houses of community members, while learners relieve themselves outside in the open or on the floors of the dilapidated toilet block.

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