Happy start for class of 2017

APART from a few tears and some minor glitches, members of the South Coast’s class of 2017 enjoyed a smooth, happy and enthusiastic start to their formal school career.

Today, the first day of the new school year, was a big day for these little people and the South Coast Herald reporters were out and about, visiting local primary schools to record the occasion. At most schools the grade 1 pupils were already settling down to their first lessons when the reporters arrived and there were generally smiles all round.

One bright grade 1 pupil at Izotsha Primary School even felt confident enough to interview the reporter who had photographed her.

For a few pupils, the first day of school was just a bit overwhelming, but kind teachers were at hand to mop up their tears and to reassure them. Sadly,  one group of children had a rather traumatic start to ‘big school’. Sent off together by public transport, without any parents, they were erroneously delivered to the wrong school. The harassed teaching staff had to phone around to locate the school where these children had been registered.

Thankfully, with the early school registration system now in place and running smoothly, the long queues of desperate parents who marred the first days of school some years ago have long disappeared.

The enrolment process at all the schools visited by the reporters was progressing smoothly for the children and their relieved parents.

One problem that reporters did experience at a number of local schools, though, was severe traffic congestion. Perhaps authorities might assist parents by looking at this issue.

The grade 1 pupils face 12 years of formal education and will hopefully benefit from the objectives of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s education improvement programme, put in place last year. The MEC for Education, Mthandeni Dlungwana has announced that one of this year’s focus areas will be to improve the overall percentage pass rate in the province by 10 percent.




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Judi Davis

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