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Gallery: Tears, fears as schools start

South Africa
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15/01/2014. Blessing Dlamini (5) hits his new teacher Ms Mmapula Ramango as he refuses to join other kids in class at Mogale Primary School in Mamelodi.
Picture: Oupa MokoenaPicture: Soraya CrowiePicture: Soraya CrowiePicture: Soraya CrowieFirst 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 yesterday.
Picture: Soraya CrowieSisamikele Tshekiso (5) at Staats Primary School.
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Nomasonto Lekhuleni(7), speaks to her motherZanele Mashaba on her first day  at Rosebank primary school.
Picture: Itumeleng EnglishSthembile Bhungane on her first day as a teacher inside her Grade 1 class with her pupils who also its their first at Alston Primary School in Leondale, Ekurhuleni.
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Picture: Boxer Ngwenya15/01/2014. Grade 1 pupils at Silverton Primary Schoolpull faces for the camera on their first day od school.

Picture: Masi Losi15/01/2014. Grade 1 pupil Sibahle Malomane from Silverton Primary School looks at his father Sello Malomane as he says his goodbyes.

Picture: Masi Losi15/01/2014. Grade 1 pupils at Woodhill College play around during their first day at School.15.1.2014
Njabulo Magwaza gets a hug from his Mother Nomsa Magwaza when she took him to his Grade R class to start his school carear at Sunnyside Primary School in Sunnyside.
Picture: Etienne Creux15/01/2014. Grade 1 pupil Elizabeth Moleko (6) from J.J de Jong primary school in Atteridgeville cries on her first day of school.

Picture: Thobile Mathonsi15/01/2014. Jaap Steenkamp looks at his son Philip Steenkamp's book who started grade 1 at Laerskool Magalieskruin.

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Blendemise Hajeso, 5, and LaShuan Dumisa, 5, check out the colouring in books on their first day of school in the Grade R classs at Sunnyside Primary School in Sunnyside.
Picture: Etienne Creux15/01/2014. Grade 1 pupil Tshepo Fukii (6) from J.J de Jong primary school in Atteridgeville getting down to basics on his first day of school.

Picture: Thobile MathonsiFatimas back to school - Giselle gould, saskia pillay, dakota gooderson, kate parry, amy haygarth - grade 1St Marys learners back to school
L-R  Chevashthi Pillay, jessica langeland-hansen, amelia madiya, lara wessels15/01/2014 Durban Katleko Tlapane's first day at Berea Primary School, walking with her mother and father
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PICTURE: GCINA NDWALANECAPTION: FULTON School for the Deaf matriculants, left, Momafa Nhlumayo (17), Nikita Pillay (18), Mandisa Makhanya (18), Maritza Snyders (17), Devona Govender (18), Mfanelo Msani (18) and their teacher, Jo Silva say they are ready for the challenges ahead.
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Picture: Colleen Dardagan15/01/14 DURBAN: USUKU lokuqala esikoleni kumawele  uLulama noLuleka Thabede abazofunda eQuary Heights primary. ISITHOMBE: NQOBILE MBONAMBICape Town-140115-(R-L) Ghadija Ebrahim, Hanaa Johnson, Ilyaas Keraan and M.Zaid Norodien say their prayers at the start of the first day of school at Fairview Primarys in Grassy Park. Picture Jeffrey AbrahamsCape Town-140115-Grade R teacher Ruth Jefferies and MEC Donald Grant console a crying Dayaan Abdullah on the first day of school at Fairview Primarys in Grassy Park. Picture Jeffrey AbrahamsCape Town-140115-Joshua Williams and Sohail Jacobs lead their Grade 1 class from the toilet on the first day of school at Fairview Primary in Grassy Park. Picture Jeffrey AbrahamsCape Town - 140115 - The Cape Argus followed Amy Pharaoh from home to school on her first day as a Grade 1 pupil at The Pinelands Primary School. Reporter: Natasha Bezuidenhout Picture: David RitchieCape Town - 140115 - The Cape Argus followed Mphumzi Makeleni on his first day of Matric at Harry Gwala Secondary School in Khayelitsha as he went through the steps of getting ready for the day. (Note: Due to the on set of partial facial paralysis before the weekend Mphumzi was quite self-conscious about the right side of his face.) Pictured: The school blazer. REPORTER: WARREN FORTUNE. PICTURE: WILLEM LAW.Cape Town 140115- Caitlin Brooks saying Goodbye to her mother Arlene Brooks. Caitlin is starting Grade 8 at Herschell Girls high school . Picture Cindy waxa.Reporter Madelyn/ArgusCape Town 140115- Caitlin Brooks arriving at her new school. Caitlin is starting Grade 8 at Herschell Girls high school . Picture Cindy waxa.Reporter Madelyn/ArgusA mother, Elsie Kietzmann talks to her daughter Juniper during her first day at school  as she is about to leave in her Grade 1 class at Byanston Primary school north of Johannesburg.
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Picture: Boxer NgwenyaFirst year pupils at Brynston Primary School north of Johannesburg in their Grade 1 class are Christina Valenti and Tshegofatso Legwale who aare both six years old.
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Picture: Boxer Ngwenya140115. Cape Town. Juliette Lombard (6) having a confused look as she sits at her desk on her fist day of school at Jan van Riebeeck Primary School. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus140115. Cape Town. Scotshche Kloof Primary school's grade 1 teacher Waseefa Johaar is trying to calm Tauha Karriem (5) who is experiencing a traumatic first day at school. Picture Henk Kruger/Cape Argus

Tears, cheers and tantrums greeted the start of the 2014 school year, as children across SA entered their classrooms.

The basic education department spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said that department was “very happy” with the state of readiness for the academic year.

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