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Soil where the sports ground was going to be built. Photo by Jabulani Langa  ~ 

DALTON Primary School parents are worried about the state of their school.

They say the school, near Pietermaritzburg in the KZN Midlands, is a serious health risk. They claim the education department is neglecting it.

“The school has tall grass, and the filthy toilets have a bad smell,” said one parent.

“It’s the department’s duty to make sure the school is in a healthy condition. But it’s clear it isn’t doing that.”

Another parent said the school’s 500 pupils shared two mobile toilets.

“I once visited the school and was shocked to see kids queuing during break time to use those two filthy toilets,” claimed the parent.

“We reported this to the department last March, but nothing has been done. Even part of the teachers’ toilets has no roof.”

The school’s governing body deputy chairman, Greenfields Sithole, said the school doesn’t have sports grounds.

“Pupils have to walk 2km to the public sports grounds to prepare for tournaments,” Sithole said.

“They’re too young to walk that far.”

Sithole said funds that parents had tried to raise for sports grounds were not enough.

KZN Education spokesman Kwazi Mthethwa said they weren’t aware of the concerns. “We will investigate. No pupil’s health should be put at risk.”

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