Just read this in the Sunday Times. Yikes! Apparently schools across the country have been battling with absenteeism due to parents not being able to buy uniforms/stationery and rather keeping kids at home to save them embarrassment! Sheesh – things are really bad out there. They also quoted a township principal who said a lot of kids are still stuck in the Eastern Cape and other ancestral homes because their parents don’t have the bus/taxi fare needed to get them back to the cities and will only have it come payday.
Some principals said that they’d rather have the kids at school as is than have them miss out on three weeks worth of work all because Mommy and Daddy didn’t plan properly or just don’t have the means.
I know of at least two families who went all out in the festive season and had to beg, borrow (and hopefully not steal) for uniforms,etc.