Double take at school

2018-03-29 06:01
The 16 set of twins enrolled at ACJ Phakade Primary School in one class. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

The 16 set of twins enrolled at ACJ Phakade Primary School in one class. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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When you walk into one full classroom at ACJ Phakade Primary School you would be forgiven for assuming it is just another class at the Nomzamo school.

But then you find yourself doing a double-take, and see that the learners sitting in the desks are also 16 sets of twins enrolled at the school from Grade 1 to 7.

The twins are also a source of education for teachers as they try to tell the pairs apart and debunk myths about twins.

Principal Thobile Majingo said it’s the first time the school has enrolled so many sets of twins since his arrival in 2014.

“To us, this is a blessing,” he said. “Only God knows why He assembled so many twins in one school. It’s only He who loved it this way [twins in one school] and we are honoured as a school.

“As a school, we have learnt so much from these twins, especially knowing there are so many myths out there about twins. Others will say when one twin is sick, the other will get sick too. But they have told us that it is not necessarily the case. So views really differ and I find that very interesting.”

Grade 7s Ayanda and Yolanda Mzukwa (12) told City Vision that when something bad happens to one of them, they both feel the pain.

“If my twin is not well or something happens to her, I’m also affected; I feel her pain. Even if she gets a spanking, it also feels I am the one being hit,” says Ayanda who, with her sister, dreams of being a social worker one day.

Mbali and Mbasa Solontsi (13) have set their sights on different paths.

“When I grow up, I want to be a doctor and help the sick,” says Mbali. “I love soccer, while my twin brother loves rugby. When he gets sick, I will not get sick immediately. In most cases, when he heals then I become sick.”

Mbasa, on the other hand, wants to become a social worker in the hopes of helping children living on the streets.

“I don’t like seeing abused children and I want to take care of them,” he says. “Yes, my twin brother and I wear the same clothes in the township, but I love rugby while he loves soccer.”

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