Merger of schools strongly opposed

Lee-Anne Butler

RACIAL tensions are brewing in the tiny village of Thornhill, situated outside Nelson Mandela Bay, regarding the imminentmerging of two schools.

The two schools – the Xhosa- medium Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela Primary School (Nomzamo MM) and the Afrikaans-medium Thornhill Primary School – are set to merge later this year in a multimillion-rand upgrade which has been approved by the Eastern Cape Basic Education Department.

But Xhosa-speaking parents have raised concerns regarding the planned construction of only one school, fearing their children will be forced to receive their instruction in a different language.

The schools operate independently from prefab and mobile units with two different principals, despite being located on the same site next to each other.

The black community are also concerned that Nomzamo MM’s principal, Shumikazi Zuba, will no longer be principal once the schools are merged.

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