Not a dull moment on first schoolday

2016-01-20 06:00
FORM 5: Bubbly Nontlatla Tabane of Montshiwa Primary was the first among all her classmates to show Northern Cape Express that she was on form five (pictured).

FORM 5: Bubbly Nontlatla Tabane of Montshiwa Primary was the first among all her classmates to show Northern Cape Express that she was on form five (pictured).

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SURVIVING the first day

There is never a dull moment for a gr. R teacher in class, more especially on the first day of school.

That was revealed by one of the teachers who highlighted that it was no surprise to see children crying on their first day at school.

“Although some of them had attended a crèche, there are still some who did not go to a crèche.

It is, however, very strange to find that sometimes the exact ones who attended a crèche, are the soppy faces. That is mainly because they know that it is back to work, while they still want to be on holiday and play,” said the teacher.

“It gets worse when they are attending the same school with their older brothers and sisters.

“They would cry and demand to be taken to their sibling’s class. All we have to do during the first week, is to pull our friendliest faces to make them feel at home,” she laughed.

Gr. Rs are reported to be likely to act up on their arrival on the first day. That is, at least until they make friends.

Why the sit-in

One of the parents who decided to wait for their children at the Tshiamo Primary School in Galeshewe on the first day at school said she had to keep on sending her child back to class the first part of the day after securing space for her.

She denied that she was spoiling her child by spending the whole day under a tree.

According to her, she felt lucky to have found space for her child after being turned away at the nearest school to her.

“I live in Soul City, but the other schools had no space for her, thus she came here. Me and other parents from my area and Club 2000 had the choice of going home and then returning again to fetch our children.

“But it is too far for us to walk up and down in this hot sun and it is too costly to spend so much money – R10 per trip is too much money.

It means we will spend R40 if the taxi is lenient enough not to charge the child. On a normal basis they would charge them R5,” revealed the women.

They were sitting under a tree inside the schoolyard, waiting for the schoolday to end.

That also gave them the opportunity to meet and greet their children’s teacher.

She continued to explain how relieved she had felt when she saw her daughter later going to the toilet with a group of classmates.

“That is when I realised that she was at home now, I can relax.

The advantage of sitting here is also that I get the opportunity to spot older children from my neighbourhood so that I can hook them up for safety purposes.”

The women further said they had already paid for transport for their children and would continue to do so at least until they were mature and felt ready to walk to and from school with the others.

That might be in a few months or next year.

“This was just to prepare them as they are still too young to walk in this hot sun.”

Late registration not good

Speaking to one of the principals of a primary school in No. 5, they do feel sorry for the parents who have to send their children to schools so far from home. But she also condemned parents for late registrations.

“Parents should really stop the beha-viour of running around at the 11th hour to register their children.

It is just by sheer luck that they end up not having to go to the Departement of Education to find room for their children due to us still having space,” she added.

According to the principal, the move to register more learners at their schools means job security for teachers.

“The department usually monitors the registration process for at least the first ten days and then decides to hire more teachers when a situation of overcrowding is detected.

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