Savala primary and secondary schools facing closure after latrines collapse

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500 girls have been affected in Savula primary and secondary schools after the latrines collapsed
500 girls have been affected in Savula primary and secondary schools after the latrines collapsed

Savala primary and secondary schools in Lugari Sub County are facing closure following the collapse of the school toilets after the heavy downpour witnessed in the area. Speaking to West Media, the primary school’s headteacher, Mr. Moses Magodi narrated how the afternoon incident saw the girls’ latrines destroyed in the heavy downpour.

According to Mr. Magodi the catastrophe led to the collapse of four out of the seven
available toilets used by a total of 500 girls. “We have 350 girls in the primary school and about 150 from the secondary school who share the toilets,” said Magodi. He said no causalities were reported since all pupils were safe in their respective classrooms when the incident occurred.

The school heads have appealed for help as the schools have been given a 14-day notice by public health officers
The school heads have appealed for help as the schools have been given a 14-day notice by public health officers

The headteacher said currently the situation is worse at the school since students are afraid of using the remaining facilities because they think they might collapse. He said some have opted to use the neighbours’ toilet while others have decided to relieve themselves in the maize plantation thus creating a major health risk.

Already, public health officers who visited the scene have issued a 14-day notice to the school management to construct new toilets; failure to comply will lead to the closure of both schools. The headteacher is now sending a passionate appeal to well-wishers and the area MP Ayub Savula to intervene through the National Government Constituency Development Fund.

Magodi’s sentiments were echoed by the secondary school section principal Mr. George Nabibia who also appealed for quick intervention to save the situation and ensure learning isn’t interrupted. “Savala secondary school share the same land with Savala primary
school and we share facilities such as a field, toilets and even classrooms. So we’ve all been affected by this calamity and we are appealing for help from well-wishers including both government and non-governmental organizations and individuals because our girls and boys have been adversely affected,” said Mr. Nabibia.