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Going back to school

By unknown | Jun 11, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

The Gauteng education department will from today transport the children of displaced foreign nationals to their different schools.

Some of the pupils have missed classes for almost six weeks because of xenophobic violence. The department said it was concerned about the amount of schooling the pupils had lost since the attacks erupted in Alexandra.

Children at the Country View camp in Midrand have been absent from school since their families were moved from Rabie Ridge and Tembisa police stations.

Each day, the pupils prepare for school but most do not go because there is no transport.

The group's leader, Rivers Sithole, said: "Most of the children aren't attending school. On Monday, we got a car and took them to school."

Provincial education department spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said that on Friday they conducted a survey of refugee camps, except for the one in Rosettenville, southern Johannesburg, and found there were 100 school-going children.

"It would have been difficult to get teachers into the camps and pupils are in different grades, so instead of holding classes in the camps we will transport the children to their schools."

Lesufi said the department had received approval to hire buses to transport pupils to schools.

The important thing was to ensure the pupils' safety.


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