It was a day full of excitement, tears and anxiety when learners across the province started the 2020 academic year at various primary and secondary learning institutions in Limpopo yesterday (Wednesday).
While the returning students exchanged hugs and high-fives with their educators and peers, newcomers looked somewhat confused, alone and not knowing what to expect on the first day. Parents and guardians of Grades R and 1 learners had a tough time as their ‘bundles of joy’ shed tears refusing to be left at school with strangers. For some the new academic year was the start of achievements in academic, sport and extra mural activities while others might see it as the beginning of sleepless nights due to a lot of assignments and homework.
Although parents and guardians can breathe a sigh of relief after a stressful Festive Season, they now have to worry about their children losing school items and waking up in the wee hours of the morning to prepare lunch boxes and getting learners ready for school.
Political heads of various departments and municipalities were expected to visit different schools across the province to monitor the situation and wish both learners and educators best of luck.Education MEC Polly Boshielo together with the Makhuduthamaga Mayor, Minah Mahula were anticipated to visit Rantobeng Secondary School, Moreko Secondary School and Hoërskool Ben Viljoen. Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs MEC Basikopo Makamu was expected to visit Hoërskool Pietersburg, Taxila Secondary School and Capricorn High School while Social Development MEC, Nkakareng Rakgoale was anticipated to visit Dendron High School, Kgakoa Secondary School and Nkgopoleng Bakone Secondary School. The Chief Whip of the African National Congress in the provincial Legislature, Essob Mokgonyana would have visited Mamolemane Secondary School and Kgakoa Secondary School while Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Thandi Moraka was expected by learners and staff of Hoërskool Frans Du Toit.
Story and photos: Editorial team