Hopeful learners flock to full school

2017-01-18 06:01
Makhotso Miya, a teacher at the Rekgonne Primary School, calls out names of children while parents anxiously wait. Photo: Teboho Setena

Makhotso Miya, a teacher at the Rekgonne Primary School, calls out names of children while parents anxiously wait. Photo: Teboho Setena

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Scores of parents and guardians residing in close proxi-mity of the Rekgonne Primary School in Bloemfontein’s Phase 6 settlement were not all lucky at the start of the 2017 school term.

Some contented with their disappointment for not getting their children registered in their last-ditched effort, while others were delighted to see their child-ren start well.

Lucky parents managed to enrol their children before the deadline of October last year.

Their faces were beaming with joy, while standing in yet another long queue, watching their children going into class.

They even helped call names of their children and pointed at them after teacher Makhotso Miya called out names from the register.

Unlucky parents were unable to register their children at their school of choice, dealing their last-ditched effort a blow.

Pursuant to the dream to educate their children, they were forced to try at other schools located far.

In the midst was a group of parents whose children were on the waiting list for any available space arising from late movement.

With children by their side, they stood with bated breath in a long queue that snaked out of Rekgonne’s administration building.

About 130 children were reportedly on the waiting list.

Duke Mphatsoanyane, principal of Rekgonne, said the school has a capacity to enrol 1 108 learners to be taught by 31 teachers.

Mphatsoanyane said the school was flooded by requests due to its centrality, adding that requests included upgrading of the school to a combined school to accommodate gr. 8 and gr. 9 learners.

Request that the school become a combined school is due to the unavailability of a secondary school in the area.

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