Cheers and tears

Premier Masualle upbeat as ‘big school’ dawns for thousands of young pupils. 

Unhappy Chappy: Aqhama Tyukani (4), sheds a tear at Emzomncane Pre-Primary in Zwide
Unhappy Chappy: Aqhama Tyukani (4), sheds a tear at Emzomncane Pre-Primary in Zwide

While excitement far outweighed tears as little ones arrived for their first day of “big school” yesterday, Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle struck an upbeat note in Nelson Mandela Bay on how schooling problems would be tackled this year.

Although there were the occasional tears and clinging to parents’ clothing, shrieks of laughter and elation were the order of the day at many Bay schools as pupils began their 2015 academic year.

Parents did their best to acclimatise their children before leaving them in the hands of teachers, with some suffering more from separation anxiety than their children.

With pupils having undergone orientation on Tuesday and arriving armed with big bags filled with various stationery items yesterday, classes at some suburban schools got under way promptly.

While some schools in the townships managed to get cracking immediately, others are set to have a late start with staff attending to late registration and transport problems.

In the northern areas, traffic came to a standstill along Stanford Road as the rush of the first day took over. However, the bumper- to-bumper traffic did little to dampen the spirit of hundreds of anxious Grade 1s whose faces shone as tiny feet found their way to their new classrooms.

– Andile Mbabela, Yoliswa Sobuwa, Tremaine van Aardt and Eleanor Douglas-Meyers



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