Inadequate toilets in schools threaten pupils’ health, learning

The sanitation condition of basic schools in many areas poses a serious public health concern because millions of pupils do not have access to tolerable facilities to answer the call of nature.

Absence of decent toilets is believed to be interfering with attendance because pupils, especially girls, tend to return home to ease themselves during classes, with a high probability of not returning in most cases.

The issue of insufficient toilet facilities is so serious in some schools that pupils have to queue and wait longer than usual until it is their turn to access them.

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) said in its 2018 National Personnel Audit (NPA) report, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari that toilets are very important to schools because apart from guaranteeing hygiene and good health, they encourage attendance and reverse dropouts.

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