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The face of South Africa’s Class of 2011

 The Big Issue South Africa 19 December 2011

Chronic underfunding of education in South African is a legacy of the apartheid government that still sees a disparity in the pass rates of township schools. This problem is being directly challenged by a combination of NGO’s and dedicated students. (391 Words) - By Retha Ferguson

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Lawrence Khosa from Mamelodi is finally taking his matric exams. Khosa’s late schooling is directly related to his difficult upbringing. He ran away from foster care at the age of 11, lived on the streets for three years and only returned to school at the age of 14.Photo: Retha Ferguson

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William Mumjana is completing his final year at Tandi Eleanor Sibeko Secondary School in Duduza in the East Rand, Gauteng. Mumjana has an additional challenge to face, as his school books were mostly destroyed by the tornado that devastated Duduza on October 2.Photo: Retha Ferguson

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Mathoto Lephoto, Noxolo Mdwaba and Hlumela Pahla from Langa, Cape Town, formed a study group to focus on accounting and economics. All three would like to undertake business related degrees after matric.Photo: Retha Ferguson

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Phinzi Philasande lives in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, where he struggles to study at night because of the noise levels from nearby shebeens. Yet he’s determined to pass matric this year and plans to study further, preferably Biotechnology.Photo: Retha Ferguson

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Jessy Tshilamba from the Democratic Republic of Congo lives apart from his family in a youth shelter so that he can be closer to the school he attends, Barnato Park High School in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. He would like to pursue a career in computer science or electrical engineering next year.Photo: Retha Ferguson


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