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No hiccups on first day of school in NC – dept

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No major challenges were reported at any of the 556 public schools in the Northern Cape after pupils returned to the classroom to kick off the 2022 academic year.

Six sets of Grade 1 twins started their schooling at Staats Primary School on Wednesday. They are (back, from left) Simphiwe and Sechaba Louw, Chloe and Chante Uys, (middle) Rognar and Valeria Edelstein, Rori and Rea Maneng, (front) Michael and Christopher Bartie and Juvin and Rovin Johnson. Picture: Soraya Crowie

NO MAJOR challenges were reported at any of the 556 public schools in the Northern Cape after pupils returned to the classroom on Wednesday to kick off the 2022 academic year.

The provincial Department of Education said it is pleased with the manner in which schools welcomed back pupils.

Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said that the department would continue to monitor the “launch” of the academic year.

“The department will conduct a 10-day snapshot survey that will give us a clear indication if indeed any major challenges exist in our schools. This report will be released after 10 days of schooling as from Wednesday, January 19, 2022. We also want to address possible challenges in the system,” he said.

Van der Merwe added that the department is confident that the academic year will go smoothly.

“The department is optimistic about the 2022 school academic year and confident that the curriculum delivery for all grades will be completed with minimal disruptions. We encourage parents to support and encourage their children from the onset of the academic year, especially the Grade 12 learners of 2022.

“We also thank our educators for their continuous commitment and ask them to strive towards excellence in teaching and learning.”

Staats Primary School in Kimberley meanwhile welcomed six sets of twins to Grade 1 for the new school year.

The deputy principal, Clifford Klassen, said that this was the largest number of twins that they have registered at the school.

“We are very pleased to have all the learners with us, but this set of twins is something special. We are happy that they get to start their academic journey with us,” said Klassen.

He added that three sets of the twins are in one class, two sets are in another class and one pair is in a third class.

“We have kept the children with their brother or sister in the same class. It is their first day of school and we did not want to separate them and want the occasion to be a joyous one for them, which they could share with their siblings,” he said with a smile.

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