OVERVIEW: 'It's a beautiful day when we start school' - Makhura addresses parents, pupils on first day

2019-01-09 07:46

Thousands of pupils across the country kick off their schooling careers or return to class for the start of the new academic year.

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School classroom. (Duncan Alfreds, News24, file)

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Gauteng Premier David Makhura (left) and Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi listen to pupils at Menzi Primary School. (Sesona Ngqaks, News24)

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Oversized bags, tiny uniforms and straight to work for Grade Rs of 2019

"Have a good day and don't fight with anyone!" said a mum who kissed her tiny son goodbye on his first day of Grade R at the Forest Village Leadership Academy in Eerste River, Cape Town, on Wednesday.

He immediately set to work on a colourful puzzle on his table, concentrating hard as he showed off skills he appeared to have already practised before.

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Makhura says 336 schools have been built in Gauteng since 1994. He says the schools are not just any schools, but smart schools with smart learners. 

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Panyaza Lesufi says Menzi Primary is a school where pupils will not be cleaning board dusters.

"This is a school where there is one learner, one laptop, one classroom, one smart board and one teacher," Lesufi said. (Sesona Ngqaks, News24) 

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Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer with the 2019 Grade Rs of Forest Village Leadership Academy. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Grade Rs at Forest Village Leadership Academy. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Forest Village Leadership Academy principal Wendy Philander (Jenni Evans, News24)

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This is what R300,000 a year buys you at SA’s most expensive high school – which just saw a fee increase of a whopping R22,000

Hilton College - South Africa’s most expensive school - offers each pupil a personal tutor and individual academic plan, 16 subjects and 16 sports all on a 1,700-hectare estate in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

The all-boys boarding school increased its fees by a whopping R22,040 in 2019 to R298,600 per annum, comfortably surpassing Michaelhouse - the second most expensive school in South Africa - which charges its pupils R284,000 in 2019.

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School readiness

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Majority of schools are already full

While some parents are still scrambling to get their children into schools before they reopen on Wednesday, most schools are already at full capacity. 

Pietermaritzburg teachers and staff were back at school on Monday, setting out their teaching plans, the layout of pupils’ desks and subject timetables and completing other last-minute jobs.

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Back to school: calendars, extramurals, lift clubs

South African schools start on Wednesday 9 January, just a few days away. Calm your nerves by going through our list and prepping early so you can start the school term confident and relaxed. The last thing your child needs is a stressed-out parent rushing around on day 1!

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Back to school! All you need to know

The summer holidays are over and it's back to school. Here is a comprehensive list of articles you can read as you prepare your child for another successful year ahead.

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