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Gallery: Tears, fears as schools start

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  1. Blessing Dlamini, 5, lashes out at his new teacher Mmapula Ramango as he refuses to join his classmates at Mogale Primary School in Mamelodi. Photo: Oupa Mokoena
  2. A group of Grade 1 learners at Endeavour Primary School is excited about starting their school career. Photo: Soraya Crowie
  3. The first day in Grade R proved too much for Maxine Mohamed at Endeavour Primary School. Photo: Soraya Crowie
  4. A mother kisses her daughter as she says good-bye before leaving her to experience her first day at Beacon Primary School. Photo: Soraya Crowie
  5. First day in Grade R proved to be too much for Aljavane Arthur, 5, who had to be consoled by teacher Gloria Clouts. Aljavane will be starting his schooling career at Endeavour Primary School. Photo: Soraya Crowie
  6. Sisamikele Tshekiso, 5, at Staats Primary School. Photo: Sandi Kwon Woo
  7. Nomasonto Lekhuleni, 7, talks to her mother, Zanele Mashaba, on her first day at Rosebank Primary. Photo: Itumeleng English
  8. Sthembile Bhungane with her Grade 1 class at Alston Primary School in Leondale. Photo: Boxer Ngwenya
  9. Colouring in was just the ticket for these Grade 1 pupils at Silverton Primary School on their first day of school. Photo: MASI LOSI
  10. Proud father Sello Malomane says goodbye to his son, Sibahle, who started Grade 1 at Silverton Primary School. Photo: MASI LOSI
  11. Building blocks kept these Grade 1 pupils at Woodhill College busy on their first day at school. Photo: MASI LOSI
  12. Njabulo Magwaza gets a hug from his mother, Nomsa Magwaza, in his Grade R class. He enrolled at Sunnyside Primary School. Photo: ETIENNE CREUX
  13. Elizabeth Moleko, 6, of JJ de Jong Primary School in Atteridgeville, cries in the classroom. Photo: THOBILE MATHONSI
  14. Jaap Steenkamp looks at the book of his son, Philip, who started Grade 1 at Laerskool Magalieskruin. Photo: MASI LOSI
  15. Blendemise Hajeso, 5, and LaShuan Dumisa, 5, check out the colouring-in books on their first day of school in the Grade R class at Sunnyside Primary School. Photo: Etienne Creux
  16. Tshepo Fukii, 6, was very keen to get started at JJ de Jong Primary School in Atteridgeville on his first day of school. Photo: THOBILE MATHONSI
  17. Our Lady of Fatima Grade 1s Giselle Gould, Saskia Pillay, Dakota Gooderson, Kate Parry and Amy Haygarth. Photo: Geoff Brink
  18. St Marys pupils Chevashthi Pillay, Jessica Langeland-Hansen, Amelia Madiya and Lara Wessels are all smiles with teacher Terryn Hickman. Photo: Geoff Brink
  19. Katlego Tlapane is escorted to Berea Primary School by her equally excited parents. Photo: SIBUSISO NDLOVU
  20. One years education could cost between R23 000 and R42 000, depending on whether the child was at primary school, high school or university, and if it was at a private or a public school. File photo: Gcina Ndwalane
  21. Meeka Flynn gets into the swing of things upon entering Grade R at Maris Stella. Photo: GCINA NDWALANE
  22. It was all too much for four-year-old Christian Pillay, who got a case of the first-day jitters as he started Grade R at Chelsea Preparatory School. After a little coaxing and a quick cuddle from dad Selvan, however, Christian looked as though he was warming up to the id ...
  23. Matric pupils at the Fulton School for the Deaf, from left, Mamfa Nhlumayo, 17, Nikita Pillay, 18, Mandisa Makhanya, 18, Maritza Snyders, 17, Devona Govender, 18, and Mfanelo Msani, 18, with their teacher, Jo Silva, say that despite being a little nervous, they are ready ...
  24. School is going to be twice as nice for twins Lulama and Luleka Thabede. The girls were all smiles as they started their school careers together, at Quarry Heights Primary School, in Avoca Hills. Photo: Nqobile Mbonambi
  25. (from right) Gadija Ebrahim, Hanaa Johnson, IIyaas Keraan and M Zaid Norodien pray during their first day of school at Fairview Primary School in Grassy Park. Photo: Jeffrey Abrahams
  26. Education MEC Donald Grant and Grade R teacher Ruth Jefferies console Dayaan Abdullah on his first day at Fairview Primary School. Photo: JEFFREY ABRAHAMS
  27. Joshua Williams and Sohail Jacobs on their first day of school at Fairview Primary in Grassy Park. Photo: Jeffrey Abrahams
  28. Amy Pharaoh, 7, starts Grade 1 at Pinelands Primary School. Photo: David Ritchie
  29. Mphumzi Makeleni is ready to start his first day of matric at Harry Gwala Secondary School in Khayelitsha. Photo: WILLEM LAW.
  30. Caitlin Brooks, above, arrives at her new school, Herschel Girls School, to start Grade 8, and is hugged goodbye by her mother. Photo: Cindy Waxa
  31. Caitlin Brooks, above, arrives at her new school, Herschel Girls School, to start Grade 8. Photo: Cindy Waxa
  32. A mother, Elsie Kietzmann talks to her daughter Juniper during her first day at school in her Grade 1 class at Byanston Primary school north of Johannesburg. Photo: Boxer Ngwenya
  33. Christina Valenti, left, and Tshegofatso Legwale, both 6, at Bryanston Primary School in Joburg north. Photo: Boxer Ngwenya
  34. Juliette Lombard, six, interacts with a teacher on her first day of school at Jan van Riebeeck Primary. Photo: Henk Kruger
  35. Schotsche Kloof Primary School Grade R teacher Waseefa Johaar tries to calm Tauha Karriem, 5. Photo: Henk Kruger

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