School readiness is a contested and emotional term..
ONLY a few pupils turned up yesterday at two schools that the government had relocated to make way for the building of a 2010 World Cup stadium nearNelspruit in Mpumalanga.
Pupils at John Mdluli primary and Cyril Clarke high schools blockaded gates leading to Mbombela Stadium on Monday and forced workers to stop working .
They were demanding that the government should immediately build them decent schools because it had relocated them from their original schools that were demolished to make way for the construction of the stadium.
"The government is prepared to let us learn in the shacks forever because nothing is happening," a pupil from Cyril Clarke High School said yesterday .
During the class boycott on Monday, police used rubber bullets despite the fact that some of the striking pupils were as young as six years.
No causalities were reported.
Pupils threw stones at the police, who managed to disperse the angry pupils.
When Sowetan arrived at the schools yesterday only a few pupils were in attendance, while some were playing or milling around.
Mpumalanga education department spokesperson Jasper Zwane told Sowetan that the department's plan was to build Cyril Clarke High School during the current financial year, while John Mdluli was scheduled to be built in the next financial year.
"Their problems will soon be over and we request them to concentrate on learning rather than strikes."