Cleanliness and the absolute vitality it has for Khomas High school

12 July 2019 | Education

Emsie Jantjies

Cleanliness at Khomas High School is moderate compared to other schools in Windhoek. There are a few things that the school, however, will need to improve on.

The cleaners at Khomas high school try their utmost best to keep the school clean, but some students tend not to appreciate their efforts. According to a source, the boys’ toilet is sometimes filled with papers that are just left on the floor. “The toilets are even left unflushed and as a result, a foul-smelling odour fills the air,” said the source. An initiative started by the teachers is to have the learners who misbehave clean the toilets as a punishment that however also seems unlikely to change their attitude.

The ladies toilet at the school has an even bigger problem. Sanitary pads will often be thrown across the floor. The biggest problem is that girls flush the sanitary pads down the toilet and this causes it being clogged. This, in turn, causes a major water overflow which floods the bathroom floors. The water supply also seems to be a problem as it is often polluted or there is no water at all. This results in learners not washing their hands after using the toilet which leads to the spreading of germs and sickly learners. “Khomas High needs to invest and motivate learners to stop littering on the school grounds because it puts the image of the school in a negative light,” said Immanuel Immanuel one of the learners at Khomas high who is concerned with the conditions.

When it comes to personal hygiene the majority of the learners are able to maintain a healthy person. Some, however, fail to keep their person clean as they do not bath regularly. “I have noticed during the winter season that the learners are not keen to clean themselves because of the cold,” says Immanuel. He feels that the foul odour affects the other learners when they have to study. Khomas High school does not have to be in the unhygienic state it currently resides in. “If we all agree not to litter and not to accept the school’s cleanliness as a granted we will have an opportunity to better ourselves and the school’s overall image,” said one of the learners.

She further added that this applies to all schools and Khomas high needs to take the forefront in making a positive change.

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