Tears, runners and bribes on first day of school in Gugulethu

2016-01-13 11:37
(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – What time does school finish? When can I get out of here?

These were some of the burning questions teary Grade R and Grade 1 pupils desperately sought answers to as they started their school careers at Intshinga Primary School in Gugulethu, Cape Town, on Wednesday.

Clad in uniforms too big for their small frames, some pupils cried, kicked and one even tried to make a run for it in a desperate bid to get out of the first day of school. He came very close to "escaping", but his efforts were thwarted within reach of the front gate.

Inside, parents offered bribes and teachers jokingly threatened to call the police to deal with crying pupils as the children clung desperately to parents and grandparents.

And while some piped down during assembly prayers, the cries and the desperate pleas for home started up again as soon as the pupils were being directed towards their classes.

Parents said they had tried to explain that big school was different to crèche, but some only realised the severity of the situation when their parents were leaving.

Misiwe Mnyakeni, 57, was dropping off her grandson Akhile Jiya, 6, who balked and cried at going in to a classroom.

"He knows this is not crèche and he was fine all the way here. I think he thought his mother was going to drop him off, but she is taking the older child to high school. He will get used to it," Mnyakeni said, begging her grandson "to give school a chance".


(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Six-year-old Zikhona Apleni said she was ready to tackle Grade 1, but as soon as the bell rang, she lost her bravado and started weeping.

Her mom, Nandi, promised that the day wouldn’t be long and she would be home in no time.

"I am so nervous, and excited at the same time seeing my little one off on her first day. But she will handle it," Apleni said.

And if having to wake up early and don school uniforms for the first time did not make it clear holidays were over, the welcome speech by principal Vuyokazi Vinqi did.

She encouraged the children to keep their hair neat, and to get rid of the "Teko Modise hairstyles", as Christmas was gone.

Trying to promote proper time keeping, the principal told them porridge was served between 07:30 and no later than 07:50. School started at 07:55.

Read more on:    cape town  |  education

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.