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School Toilets Review Announced, 26/06/08 [W]

Jane Hutt, the Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, has ordered a review into school toilets amid concerns about health, hygiene and safety.

The Minister wants to know what facilities are available to pupils and what improvements are needed by councils across the region.

The announcement follows findings by Estyn inspectors which estimated that toilets in more than half (54 per cent) of primary schools were dirty or unacceptable.

In June 2004, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales published ‘Lifting the Lid’, which recommended an audit of all school toilets within 12 months, a recommendation that wasn’t followed.