Makeshift beds, pit toilets, outages— but these matrics won’t ...

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Makeshift beds, pit toilets, outages— but these matrics won’t give up

Eastern Cape school’s pupils determined to get good results, despite appalling conditions they live and study in

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Five classrooms at Ngubesizwe Senior Secondary School, in a dusty village outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, are occupied by grade 8 and grade 10 pupils during the day.

At night, these classrooms are converted into makeshift dormitories for 68 grade 12 pupils, who have been “camping” at the school since March to prepare for the matric exams.

The school does not have hostel facilities and pupils are forced to sleep on sponge mattresses on the concrete floor...

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