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It's back to school for the country's pupils

Pupils at government schools are heading back today after the festive season break.

FILE: This file photo shows grade ones inside their classroom at the Sea Point Primary School. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - As government schools prepare to begin the 2017 academic year, a newly built school in a Soweto is being opened.

JOHANNESBURG

In Gauteng, Provincial Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and Premier David Makhura are expected to officially open Braamfoscherville Primary School on Wednesday morning.

The new state-of-the-art primary school in Soweto will be renamed after struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

The school, painted in green, has 33 classrooms and officials say it will accommodate just over 1,300 pupils from grade R to 7.

A number of children made their way onto the school premises, some accompanied by their parents.

This school is one of many the department plans to open this year.

FREE STATE

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived at the Phehellang Secondary School in Parys on Wednesday morning to mark the start of the 2017 academic year.

The school obtained a 100% pass rate over the two past years, while last year’s matrics in the province achieved a 93.2 percent pass rate.

Ramaphosa has arrived and is expected to be joined by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Free State Premier Ace Magashule and Education MEC Tate Makgoe.

The school's 100% pass rate has been described as remarkable, considering it only achieved 47,3% in 2009.

The Free State is the only province that broke the 90% threshold, with a 93.2% matric pass rate.

CAPE TOWN

Early risers dressed in freshly ironed uniforms can been seen walking through the Cape Town CBD, hastily trying to make it to school on time.

Accompanied by her mother, Lecitia Jansen of Laerskool Jan van Riebeeck says she's been eagerly waiting for the start of the new school year.

Not put off by the hard work that awaits her, the 10-year-old girl says she's ready to hit the books.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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