Brothers Kholofelo, 9, and Toleranc Masufi, 15, got their back to school stationary at CNA in Hatfield Mall. Kholofelo is going to Grade 3 and Tolerance Grade 10 at Crawford College. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency (ANA)
Brothers Kholofelo, 9, and Toleranc Masufi, 15, got their back to school stationary at CNA in Hatfield Mall. Kholofelo is going to Grade 3 and Tolerance Grade 10 at Crawford College. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency (ANA)

Parents panic buy uniforms, stationery as schools open

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Jan 12, 2022

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Betty Moleya

Pretoria - Parents were yesterday still doing uniform and stationery shopping for their children ahead of schools reopening today.

They were running around making sure their children had all the necessary tools to start the 2022 academic year.

Explaining why they had left it to the last day, some said things were out of their control and situations could arise at the most inconvenient times.

Some parents said they preferred to buy all the stationery and uniforms during the Christmas holidays to avoid last-minute panic buying.

Others said they were not so lucky or “privileged” as to get everything in order before the schools opened.

Among their reasons was not having money ahead of this day, the changing of schools and “personal reasons”.

Some had relocated and struggled to find new schools for their children.

Lesego Mothibe said her reason for buying her son’s school uniform just a day before the reopening of schools was that her son changed schools and when she got the acceptance letter, she had not yet been paid.

“I could not buy the uniform because it is sold at the school, as it has an emblem on it, so I did not have money to buy it earlier. I am only buying it now as the school shop is now open and we can buy from them.”

While Mothibe was lucky to get a school for her son, other parents were not so lucky as to have their children placed or accepted in a school.

In Ga-Rankuwa, on Monday hundreds of parents queued for hours outside Thuto Thebe Primary School waiting to be assisted with the placement of their children. Some returned yesterday after they did not get help the previous day.

Some queued from as early as 3am on Monday, hoping they would get assisted soonest. This happened not only in Ga-Rankuwa but in other parts of the country as well, with parents saying they were worried that their children would miss the first day of the academic year.

Pretoria News

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