GA-MASHA– It’s a tough mission for pupils at Masago Primary School to survive at their school. This school situated at Ga Masha Village has no running water. With Steelpoort recording 37 degrees Celsius last Monday, pupils drank water from Sedibeng River. Donkeys and livestock also drink from the river. GT News spoke to several parents who said it was “highly unacceptable” that pupils were in a school without running water. “My child had no water to drink and that affected her concentration at school,” said one of the concerned parents. “Every child has the right to decent, quality education, a clean environment and access to water,” parents reiterated.
To quench their first the kids are forced to bring water containers to school. “If they forget water from home, our kids end up drinking water at the river. We are scared that they will suffer from waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and dysentery. We plead with the Limpopo Department of Education to intervene in this matter,” added Grace Maubatlala, a parent. The newspaper contacted the education spokesman for Limpopo, Sam Makunda who admitted that they were aware of several schools in the province without water. “We are hard at work looking at ways to help schools such as Masago. This problem will soon be remedied. We will conduct investigations on the matter.” Limpopo DA leader, Jacque Smalle said they will take the matter to the South African Human Rights Commission. “This is a violation of human rights, and we will take it further,” he said.