Students jet off for studies in India

2014-08-02 00:00

IT was an emotional scene yesterday as parents bid farewell to 30 KwaZulu-Natal students who left Durban for India to pursue studies in the medical field.

The students, wearing blue tracksuits emblazoned with the Health Department’s logo, appeared pensive but confident before embarking on their journey.

Proud parents had mixed reactions to their children’s departure.

Elizabeth Sibiya from Pietermaritzburg was inconsolable and tried holding back her tears after her son, Mdumiseni Mbambo walked through the boarding gates.

“I am sad but I am happy. He is my last born out of four children but he has made me so proud,” said Sibiya.

Student Zamani Kunene (19), who said his dream was to be a doctor, could not contain his excitement.

“I have always wanted to study something in the medical field, but I am extremely nervous to study in another country,” said Kunene.

Chryseis Ponnen (18) from Durban did not have time to cry amidst the bustle of officials trying to get everything organised.

“I am so excited to have been given this opportunity and I am sure over time we will adapt. There is no time to be sad, all these emotions are being suppressed by this rush,” said Ponnen.

Most of the students will be studying pharmacy, while the others will study ultrasonography.

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