Sigonde Primary School in Musina, Limpopo was closed on Friday, 27 May, after an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) inspector found that the building is likely to threaten the health and safety of people.
BAT INFESTED SCHOOL CLOSED
According to the Department of Employment and Labour, the inspector learned that 50 learners were absent due to illness on 24 May.
The learners reportedly fell ill because of the bat infestation. The winged animals are crawling on the roofs of several classrooms.
Educators also allege that snakes are killed on the school premises every week and that the reptiles are attracted by the bats in the classroom.
The inspector prohibited the school because the Grade 4 classroom had cracks in the doorpost that overlapped with the Grade 5 class.
While the Grade R 1,4,5,6 and 7 classrooms had bats on the roof which could potentially cause sickness, diseases and possible death.
The only functional classroom at Sigonde Primary School is a mobile one used by Grade 2 learners.
“Inspections are our day to day business, when we come across any life-threatening situations we will, unfortunately, have to close the building. We commend our inspectors who do not compromise the health and safety of persons and encourage them to continue to do their jobs to mitigate non-compliance,” said Acting Provincial Inspector, Reckson Tshitshivheli.
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