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Minor hiccups at WC schools

There were few hiccups in the Western Cape as the children went back to school.

Western Cape learners. Picture Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department on Wednesday said the first day at a newly built school did not run as smoothly as hoped.

Concordia High School in Knysna opened its doors for the first time earlier in the day.

Parents of pupils at the school protested in Witlokasie a few kilometres from the learning facility.

The department's Paddy Attwell says there are some issues about the lack of transport in the area.

"The policy of the department is to provide transport for learners who live more than five kilometres from their nearest school and where public transport is not available. Community leaders are addressing this issue."

In Cape Town, several mothers expressed relief after their children survived their first day in the the classroom.

Around 100,000 grade 1 learners started their school careers in the Western Cape.

Eyewitness News spoke to parents at Ellerton Primary School in Sea Point as the home time bell rang this afternoon.

Some mothers hid their tears behind sunglasses and described how it felt to leave their offspring for the day.

"I was a bit nervous but he was excited. He woke me up at 4:30am today saying mummy we are going to be late for the transport."

Another mother said, "Once I realised she was actually excited about the whole new school I became relaxed. It all went well."

"It was a bit emotional for me," said another.