THE mother of a Grade One pupil at Gordon Road Girls’ Primary School confessed that she was more worried than her daughter was. Zandile Mdima found it hard to leave the classroom’s doorstep. Mdima and her husband Siyabonga kept on peeking through the window to look at their daughter who was already sitting in class comfortably. This was long after they had said their goodbyes. “Are you fine?” she kept on asking her six-year-old, Asante. But Asante just looked at her mother and gently waved goodbye. Siyabonga said Asante was happy to start school. “I told her that she should be strong and not be scared. She has been waiting for this day for a long time,” he added. Another mother from Marine Parade, Mubeena Seedat, who was at the school, said her daughter Rida (6) couldn’t wait to be in school. “We are very proud and excited. “This actually feels like a big moment. I feel like I’m going to school,” said Seedat. The mother of Durban Preparatory High School twins Mbuso and Bukhosi Zondi said her boys were so excited about school, they had done their own countdown. “Yesterday [on Tuesday] they were already asking me how long it was going to take before they go to school,” Lerato Zondi said. “They didn’t even look at me when I said goodbye.” Zondi added that her boys are manageable because they are independent. “The difficult part is to get them to focus because they start playing … There’s never a dull moment,” she added.