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Get insight of the greats' school days

By unknown | Aug 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Another lazy effort the compiler hopes we would reward with a moment off our busy schedule to read!

While Robin Malan needs no introduction in literary circles, you will mostly be drawn to this offering by the somewhat illustrious list of contributors.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele writes about the experience of entering Bethesda in January 1962 as a spindly-legged 14-year-old.

Anybody who's been to school away from home has a paragraph or two to write about these ogres - the teachers - and the prison-like grub.

But Ramphele rehashes a letter she wrote in April 1964 to a friend as part of a school essay. She's no doubt been an A student but the language of the letter is inconsistent with a teenager of her era.

Brian Chikwana, a Zimbabwean contributor, says upfront that his account of life at Mzingwane High School is fiction.

Phyllis Ntantala writes about her life at the famed Healdtown Methodist Boarding School near Fort Beaufort.

Like most students who attended boarding school, she concludes "I could not wait to get out of that place".

Liz McGregor's dormitory life at Maris Stella Convent in Berea, Durban, in the 1960s is hilarious.

At 12 she was among the oldest girls at the school where inadvertently showing any flesh between neck and knee while undressing was taboo.

From an early age, late Zimbabwean genius Dambudzo Marechera had a problem with his head. His family wanted him to see an inyanga, the school said zilch - he was a Christian.

It is painful to read Bessie Head's take of life at St Monica's Home for Girls in Durban.

Born in a psychiatric hospital to a mother whose only sin was conceiving the child of a black man, Bessie led a troubled life until her death in Serowe, Botswana.

Read it to reminisce.


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