- Every day, Grade 11 learner Zwelakhe Mnomiya walks about 11 kilometres to his high school in rural Kranskop
- He has to leave home at 5:30 am every morning to be at school on time at 7 am
- Mnomiya's uncle Khayelihle Zondi opened up what it is like for the pupil every day
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Education is important but many learners in the country still have a tough time getting to and from school each day. Zwelakhe Mnomiya is one of those learners. The Grade 11 pupil goes the extra mile to get to school each day - literally!
Every morning at 5:30am, Mnomiya leaves his home to arrive at his school on time. His uncle, Khayelihle Zondi, opened up about his nephew's struggles every day.
Zondi explained the Grade 11 pupil is tired, thirsty and hungry from walking. In an interview with GroundUp, Zondi said:
"“We used to do the same thing when we were in school. How long are these children going to suffer? By the time they get to school, they are tired, thirsty and hungry from walking. What are they going to learn then?”
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Zondi added that some learners get lifts to school but not all parents can afford transport fees:
"If you have three children attending the same school, you pay R20 a day for each child,” he said.
Zondi said the parents have brought light to the issue in the past but speaking to the school and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has proved fruitless.
"All we get are empty promises. In 2019, we took to the street to raise our concerns and the department officials promised that our children will get transport but we are still waiting."
The Gcotoi High School revealed at least 100 pupils have to walk between 11km and 20km each day.
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It was previously reported a high school in the Free State has made waves after a video of students dancing to Master KG's Jerusalema went viral.
The song, which was released last year, has gained notoriety with the #JerusalemaChallenge. Hoërskool Witteberg in Bethlehem posted a video on Facebook this week of mask-clad students dancing in an open field.
The video, uploaded with the caption "#Jerusalemadancechallenge bring nuwe hoop! #net1skool #trotsWitteberg", has gained over 150k views and 1.9k shares on Facebook.
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