Grade ones bright-eyed as school journey begins

2011-01-20 00:00

THE start of a 12-year journey towards matriculation started for grade ones yesterday.

The Witness visited several primary schools around Pietermaritzburg to find out how grade one pupils felt about their first day at school.

Aphile Sishi and Raheem Abdul, grade one pupils from Forest Hill Primary, shyly said it was nice to be at school for the first time. They added that they were not scared because they have been longing for this day.

Cameron Kuppusami, excited father of Skyla Caprice, said: “It is exciting but also an emotional experience to see our daughter start her educational career for the first time here at Forest Hill Primary.”

He said they believe she will embark on her school career with enthusiasm and lots of energy.

Ashen and Ushen Manoor, grade one twins at Union Park Primary School, were also positive about their first day at school. They said they were not afraid of being at school for first time and are looking forward to making new friends.

Their father, Naresh, said: “It feels good because they are intelligent boys who are capable of handling themselves. I have confidence in the school because it is a responsible one.”

Among other schools visited were Prestbury Primary, Nichols Junior Primary and Esigodini Primary School and pupils there were jubilant about their first day at school.

A number of schools were ready to start work on the first day, however, some had to deal with the usual problem of parents registering their children on the first day of school.

A principal, who asked not to be named, expressed concern about the situation.

“We need parents to have a paradigm shift in the way they think because we cannot start work on the first day of school if we have so many parents seeking placement for their children on this day.”

He added that parents must place their children the year before so that there are no delays on the first day of school because this has a negative impact on the entire curriculum.

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