Late textbooks delay learning in Free State

2012-01-18 15:26

Late textbooks delayed learning for some on the first day of school in the Free State.

Trade union Naptosa representative Louwrens Strydom said while all schools received stationary, some were still waiting for their textbooks to be delivered.
Strydom added that several schools had to deal with late registrations.

Howard Ndaba, spokesperson for the education department, said several senior managers had been deployed at schools throughout the province and the department planned to reach 70% of schools during the first three days of the first term.

Ndaba said officials would report back on Friday about the challenges at these schools.

“We don’t expect overcrowding at schools, but the department is ready for such situations if it occurs,” Ndaba added.

At Heide Primary School in Heidedal, Bloemfontein, Shailynne Mohammed (6), a new Grade 1 learner, said she was not nervous at all. Her dad, Shaun Mohammed, said Shailynne was used to being dropped at pre-school, so school was not new to her. Shailynne changes her mind regularly about what she wants to do one day. “Sometimes it’s a singer and sometimes it’s a model.”

Amoré Swartz, a new Grade 4 learner at Sentraal Primary in Bloemfontein, said she was very excited to go back to school. “I am not really happy that the holiday is over, but I can’t wait to learn new things,” she said.

Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe visited school in Bloemfontein today as part of his outreach programme.

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