KZN pupils cross river to get to school

2013-01-17 11:33
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Durban - Pupils at Ekhamanzi CP School near Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal have to wade across a river to get to school every day, the Witness newspaper reported on Thursday.

The river does not have a bridge so children have to take off their shoes and sometimes uniforms as they cross the river.

Grade 4 pupil Sphesihle Mdunge said pupils were getting used to the danger.

"Every time we go to school, we have to take off our clothes and cross the river. Sometimes our shoes and trousers get swept away. Even some children get swept away," Mdunge was quoted as saying by the Witness.

At least 200 of the 500 pupils cross the river every day. When the pupils returned to school on Wednesday they found that storms during the holidays had left at least five classrooms without roofs, and the Grade 1 prefab and administration block was damaged.

Grade 1 pupils had to be accommodated at a nearby crèche.

Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said there were many schools in the province which faced the same problem.

"Our duty is to negotiate with the department of transport and they must also work with budgets," Mchunu said.

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