FILE image of ablution facilities - men's toilets.
LIBODE - The Eastern Cape leads the pack in terms of schools that don’t have adequate ablution facilities.
Although the government has set aside billions in a bid to rectify this, bathroom breaks are nowhere near dignified.
Crowded classrooms aside, the biggest challenge facing pupils in this area every day is something most of us take for granted - the availability of ablution facilities.
At one school in the Eastern Cape, boys use the bushes on the playground, while the girls hide behind an outcrop of rocks in a valiant attempt to preserve their modesty.
Neighbours aren’t too impressed either. They often have to pick up soiled papers that are blown into their yards.
The Eastern Cape has about 366 schools with inadequate ablution facilities -- the highest number in the country -- although it has committed to replacing infrastructure and improve sanitation in schools over the next three years.
* eNCA reporter, Sandy McCowen has the story - watch her video in the gallery above.