Dedicated Grade 11 pupil walks 20km to and from school each day

Dedicated Grade 11 pupil walks 20km to and from school each day

- Every day, Grade 11 learner Zwelakhe Mnomiya walks about 11 kilometres to his high school in rural Kranskop

- The student 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 South Africa 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?”
Dedicated Grade 11 pupil walks 20km to and from school each day

Every day, Zwelakhe Mnomiya from Gqamu in KwaZulu-Natal walks about 20km to and from school. Photo: GroundUp.
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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.

He said:

"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."

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The Gcotoi High School revealed at least 100 pupils have to walk between 11km and 20km each day.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a young Ghanaian boy who was captured in a photo carrying a big log of wood has received massive blessings from Ghanaians on social media.

In the heartwarming report sighted by Legit.ng in the popular Facebook group Tell It All, Nana Tea, the brain behind the entire movement, gave a detailed account of how it all unfolded.

Nana Tea is famous for taking interesting shots everywhere he goes and sharing them with the public on social media.

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