East London - In freezing winter, two learners of Hokwana village near Bhisho are forced to walk for over 40 minutes to get an education.
Zubenathi Matshini, 15, and Masibulele Mazosiwa, 14, who come from an impoverished Hokwana village in rural Eastern Cape said they have been walking these distances throughout their high school career at Zanovuyo senior secondary school.
"I am used to walking this road. We have to hurry because they close the gates," Mazosiwa told News24.
He said the school gates are closed at 08:00 and sometimes because of the cold and rain they arrive late at school and end up coming back home.
"It's hard to walk because we have to wake up early and sometimes we get there and the gates are closed. Most of us arrive late and we have to turn back. When it's raining the road is slippery and cold and we have to always hurry to get to the gates," Matshini said.
Mazosiwa said they needed government to pay attention to some of their concerns.
The learners told News24 that they have not had a regular maths teacher.
Matshini said a substitute teacher comes once a month to teach them what little they can in one class period.
"I wish government would give us a maths teacher because we have not had a teacher for a while now. I love maths but I am not sure that I can pass if this carries on. I am scared for my future," he told News24.
Mazosiwa said he pleaded with government to help with public transport.
"If only we could get transport to take us to school only in winter because we suffer. We really need help," Mazosiwa said.
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