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Flush buckets will cripple kids, Ronnie

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am finally convinced that Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has lost his mind in his contingency plan for children to carry water to school for drinking, washing hands, and flushing toilets.

Has he not heard about our drought-stricken country, or the fact that a lot of us country folk do not have water in the first place?

While he is at it, please explain the mode in which a child is to carry this water.

Most carry a heavy backpack, so my guess is that Mr Thwaites wants to see every child with a five-gallon bucket on his or her head.

If our children are subjected to this ridiculous idea, we will have a generation of cripples.

If the Government controls the schools, the Government is responsible to provide an environment for our children to learn, not a place for them to rest from exhaustion.

But I guess Mr Thwaites thinks that all children go to school in air-conditioned comfort.

MARTIN MILLS

mfm210@gmail.com