Drama pupils keep the footlights on

DRAMATIC: The public service strike has not stopped drama student at Sibonelo High from keeping up to date with their  work. Pic. Mhlaba Memela. © Sowetan.
DRAMATIC: The public service strike has not stopped drama student at Sibonelo High from keeping up to date with their work. Pic. Mhlaba Memela. © Sowetan.

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

As the public sector strike grinds on, grade 12 speech and drama students at Sibonelo High School in KwaMashu, north of Durban, are worried that their dreams of becoming world-class actors will be shattered.

When Sowetan visited the school yesterday, the group of six hopeful stars was rehearsing a play. The gates to the school were locked, and despite the danger from strikers, they were not afraid to be the only pupils in class.

"We are worried about the practical tests scheduled for next month and which will form part of the final year mark," said Sibongile Malete.

She said her group had been coming to school to rehearse since the strike began and wished their teachers would return to class soon.

"Speech and drama is one of our most important subjects. We are worried that we will not complete the syllabus before the end of the year."

The students said conditions at school made it easier for them to study drama. There was space and privacy.

However, for the rest of their subjects, like millions of other pupils in the country, they study at home with the help of parents and neighbours.

They urged all parties to reach agreement to end the strike and to consider using the July holidays to catch up on lost time.

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