In the black township of Soweto in South Africa last week, the school boycott by black students appeared to be over.
In the black township of Soweto in South Africa last week, the school boycott by black students appeared to be over. On the last day of registrations for the academic year, the authorities reported that so many students had enrolled that at least four new schools would have to be opened to cater from them.
SYNOPSIS: This was the scene outside Molapo Technical Training College in Soweto last Saturday (18 February) on the final day of school enrolment. It was a marked change to the situation in the black township earlier this month.
On that occasion school application forms were burned by an angry crowd in protest at discrimination in South Africa's education system.
The protest followed a five month boycott of classes by students who regard the "Bantu" system of schooling for blacks as inferior to the education given to whites. Nevertheless in recent weeks, a black student group has appealed to pupils to return to school and the authorities are now facing a new problem.
Although black students are returning to Soweto's schools observers say protest against "Bantu" education is likely to continue. The group who urged the return, the Soweto Students League, has called on pupils to raise the issue of inferior education during their classes.