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Tears and excitement on first day of school

Some grade 1 pupils expressed their excitement at starting their school careers at a newly built state-of-the-art school in Gauteng.

Grade 2 pupil Siyabonga Ambrose Mankgane wipes away tears on his first day back to school at the newly opened Nomzamo Madikizela Mandela Primary School in Soweto on 11 January 2017. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Some grade 1 pupils expressed their excitement at starting their school careers at a newly built state of the art school.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura and MEC Panyaza Lesufi unveiled the Braamficherville Primary School on Wednesday.

The environmentally friendly school uses paperless technology.

At the same time in Cape Town, 79 grade 1 pupils have started their school careers at Laerskool Jan van Riebeeck, and it seems most of them were tougher than their parents.

A handful of parents looked on as their little ones eagerly shuffled into their new classrooms.

They say it's been emotional seeing their children reach this milestone.

“Being a first-time grade 1 mother was very heartbreaking. I am happy to see her happy and to see all her friends.”

Another parent described the experience as “daunting”.

“This is my last of three children. My baby is now big and that is the sad part for me.”

After a brief pep talk by a teacher, parents left the classroom to allow their children to get on with their day at “big school”.

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