Back-to-school blues in some parts of SA

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The first day of school on Wednesday was not a memorable one for almost 800 pupils in Mpumalanga who were forced to resume lessons in mobile classrooms instead of their new R46.2m school.

Citing safety concerns, the parent representatives on the governing body of Yinhle Lentfo Primary in Masoyi, Mpumalanga, refused to allow pupils to move into the new premises until dense bush bordering the property is cleared.

Banele said a decision was taken at a meeting of the governing body on Tuesday that pupils will only be allowed to move into the new buildings once the bush was cleared and a fence erected. “She was told to use the education assistants and the general assistants to clear the bush and money from the school’s maintenance budget must be used.”“We will meet parents after next Thursday’s meeting to hear their views on the matter.”students will be placed by end of March: Lesufi


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