Desmond Munemo, H-Metro Reporter
Sunningdale 2 Primary School parents and members of the School Development Committee (SDC) have called for the immediate closure of the school amid fears of an outbreak of water borne diseases.
The two parties concurred that the problem which dates back to the year 2013 remain unattended with raw sewage flowing everywhere.
Fears have been raised as over 2000 children are at risk of contracting diseases as the council turns a blind eye to the problem.
“Since 2013, nothing has been done after consultations with the District Office and Council.
“We have engaged the Ministry of Health and Child Care and the head office over the matter, so we’re saying if the Council does not come up with a lasting solution, we’re closing the school.
“This year alone we last saw the councillor in January and even the MP does not know his people.
“We can’t continue to run the school in this state because we’re exposing children to typhoid and cholera,” he said.
The Sunningdale 2 Primary School SDC source also said they engaged the Council officials who promised to fix the sewage system adding that they will go on to close the school if they do not fulfill their promises.
Sunningdale Councillor Hammy Madzingira confirmed the situation at the school.
“I’m aware of the state of affairs at the primary school and this has been a perennial problem that has been there since the time we were growing up.
“The planning happened during the period from 1984 to 1987 and the sewer pipe system runs from other areas through Sunningdale 2 Primary thereby giving pressure there.
“The problem is, every week or two, raw sewage flows because there are more than 2000 pupils at the school and this gives pressure to the pipe system,” he said.
Madzingira appealed to the headmaster at the school and the corporate world to assist in resolving the situation.
“We would like all stakeholders to chip in, we’re prepared if any outbreak emerges and a borehole is in place around the school but I don’t know the time this situation will end,” he said.
However, the decision to close the school has been met with mixed feelings with some saying pupils writing their final grade seven examinations were likely to be affected.
Others said there was need for stakeholders to work together and address the issue.