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Education Minister reveals that some student skip breakfast to avoid using dirty toilet in school

Some students are skipping breakfast just to resist the urge to use toilets in school, says Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin.

Speaking at the Education Transformation Council: Safe and Conducive Educational Infrastructure held on Monday (12 September), he said the ministry will implement better toilet designs to ensure they are conducive to students and teachers.

“There are students who only eat after they have returned home. They refused to use the school toilets because they are dirty.”

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“Our toilets are always wet and students fear that they might dirty their clothes. Due to poor ventilation, the toilets remain wet throughout the day,” he said, reported The Star.

Radzi then said the ministry will implement better toilet designs in new schools and future maintenance projects.

He pointed out that what is important is that the designs must not only focus on ‘cosmetics’ but ensure every allocation spent provides optimum impact.

“If we can reduce the costs of the unnecessary cosmetics, then the allocation that we have can be used for other developments,” he said, as quoted by Bernama.

“We want the focus to be on the design with better ventilation so that toilets are cleaner and don’t smell.”

“We will take this approach seriously so that the whole school environment is very conducive for our students.”

Worst toilets in the world

Unfortunately, dirty toilets are not something new in the country. It was so bad that both locals and foreigners complained about it numerous times.

In a 2015 blog post by The Travel Manuel, it is said that Malaysia had “the worst toilets in the world”.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had in 2019 commented on the matter and said he was embarrassed by the dirty and smelly state of public toilets in the country.

“I am very embarrassed. I often inspect toilets in Malaysia to see whether they are clean. Usually, they are not. This reflects our attitude. We should be ashamed but we think no one will know who was responsible,” he said.

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