Hassle-free start for new year

Grade one pupils at Greenhill primary school commencing with the first day of school

Pupils at Deccan Road, Greenhill and Northdale primary schools went about with their first day assembled together eager to go to classrooms and take instructions from teachers. They were part of the Pietermaritzburg pupils who joined thousands of their counterparts from other parts of the province for the start of the 2017 academic year. Northdale Primary School Grade 1 teacher Miss Reena Dookie said the day was important for new arrivals. “The first day of school is always filled with excitement; it’s the beginning of a new phase” she told Public Eye.
While the day was easy for children some parents battle to say goodbye as they could be seen hanging around the schools to monitor the progress of the school beginners. Nomonde Nkosi and Shana Nadioo parents of grade one pupils said that they were anxious and concerned with the adjustment of their children in a new environment. “I am just wondering how my child will cope, this is a new experience for him,” said Naidoo.
Schools principals were confident that first time learners would be properly accommodated in the new schooling environment. “We have dedicated a portion of the first day to making the new learners comfortable and adjust accordingly as the year progresses”, said Greenhill primary principal Isshian Rajcoomar.
Speaking to Public Eye yesterday KZN Department of Education’s Kwazi Mthethwa said they were pleased with the start of the new year as there had been fewer interruptions. He added that the department was expected to get a full report from all districts on how each of the schools commenced on the first day, with warnings of tough action against principals of the schools where there were delays.

Bongeka Sibisi

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