Hundreds of thousands of children in KwaZulu-Natal headed back to school today (Wednesday) for the start of the first term of 2015.

More than 270 000 grade-1s and over 203 000 grade-8s started a new chapter in their schooling careers at the beginning of last year.

Nobuhle Mdunge is one of the many pupils who will begin their first year of high school today.

The uMlazi learner says she is excited about the year ahead.

Nobuhle who will be attending uMbelebele Secondary, says she is aiming to get all A’s throughout high school in English and Maths to get into Pilot school in four years.

”I want to be a pilot, I’ve always pictured myself flying a plane. I always wanted to be a pilot,” she said.

KZN Education officials said they are hopeful classes at schools around the province will be in full swing by lunchtime today.

The department says all schools should have completed pupil registration yesterday.

Schools that have not completed the registration process will be given time today if they can provide credible reasons to do so.

”We are not expecting that there is going to be a child that is still going to be looking for a space [at a school].

”However if that happens we are going to be very much disappointed, but our district managers – through their admission committees – are ready to quickly assist,” said provincial spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi.


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