Lack of transport denies refugee kids schooling
Selle Sithole, 12, put on her school uniform yesterday and prepared for school.
Unfortunately, Sithole, a Grade 6 pupil at Kanana Primary School in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, was disappointed when she could not go to school because there was no transport to fetch them from the temporary shelter where she now lives.
Sithole , a Mozambican, is one of many displaced children at the temporary shelter in Country View, Midrand, who are unable to go to school, after they were moved from the Rabie Ridge police station on Sunday - fleeing their homes because of xenophobic violence.
"When we were at the police station [where they were previously sheltered] I was able to go to school," Selle said. "I have lost two days. I am worried because it is now exam time."
Ellen Khoza, who goes to the Kwazini Adult Basic Education Training Centre, said she has lost two weeks of schooling.
"I have enrolled for maths and English and I am worried that I will never finish my courses," Ellen said.
"When the violence started we were attacked at school. I am scared to go back to class."
The migrants' leader, Rivers Sithole, said: "We are trying to arrange transport so that children no longer miss school."
Chris McIntyre of the Country View community policing forum said: "The people have only been here for two days, so we cannot say it is a disaster."