Flood damage forces Ladysmith school to close on first day back

Windsor Secondary School has been severely affected by the recent floods in Ladysmith. Some classrooms are still water-logged, with books also damaged.

A classroom at Windsor Secondary School on 19 January 2022 in Ladysmith following floods. Picture: Nhlanhla Mabaso/Eyewitness News

LADYSMITH - Some KwaZulu-Natal schools did not reopen on Wednesday morning as the province kickstarted its 2022 academic calendar.

The province has been affected by flooding which has damaged over 186 schools.

In Ladysmith, the Windsor Secondary School has closed its gates after being affected by the deluge.

Pupils who didn’t know about the closure had to be sent back home on Wednesday morning.

Windsor Secondary has been severely affected by the recent floods in Ladysmith.

Some classrooms are still water-logged, with books also damaged.

Daniella Shobole, who had hopes of starting a new grade today, was the first to get here but she’s been left disappointed.

"Honestly, I don't know how I feel at the moment, it's a whole bunch of emotions. I was excited to come back to school to start a new grade but now with the flood, I don't know, we're like way behind. They're telling us we'll start on Monday but I don't think we'll start on Monday," Shobole said.

Some of the teachers are on the school premises helping cleaners with mop-up operations.

The teachers are hoping that they’ll be able to start schooling on Monday.