Back to school: Smooth start at coastal schools

By Drum Digital
21 January 2015

The first day of school in coastal provinces went well on Wednesday, the basic education department said.

"So far, we have had no reports of any incidents. Everything went well. Our teams are all over the coastal provinces making sure everything is in place," spokesman Elijah Mhlanga said.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga went to visit schools in KwaZulu-Natal, he said.

In the Western Cape, education MEC Debbie Schafer said schools got off to a smooth start in the province.

"As most of the preparations were completed well before the end of last year, I am pleased that so far, all reports indicate that we have had a smooth start for the 2015 school year."

The department would be on stand-by to help at schools where there were late registrations, she said.

"To parents who are having difficulties enrolling their child, they are advised to approach their nearest school as there could be some enrolment cancellations after the school holidays."

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal said it was pleased the department "had prepared well" for the new academic year.

"Our assessment, as part of making sure that schools are ready, has shown that it is now all systems go," the party said in a statement.

"Whilst we are happy and satisfied with the level of preparedness on the part of the department, we also want to make sure that we work together with it in ensuring that our kids receive quality education."

Source : Sapa

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