Parents of students of the infamous Mpepule Primary School near Lephalale, Limpopo, expressed joy as their children passed with good grades this year.

The pupils were transferred from the school to other schools after the provincial department of education closed the facility after learning that pupils, as young as five years old, were living in the school, sleeping in two classrooms and getting food that was not nutritionally balanced. According to the Sowetan, two pupils were bitten by snakes.

One of the kids mother Catherine Matsieng, whose two daughters were admitted at Bangalong Primary School in Shongoane 3 village after the closure of the  school, expressed he happiness with the improvement in the performance of her children in class.

“When my two daughters started attending at Bangalong in April, their performance was nowhere near satisfaction. But after we approached teachers at the school to complain about the bad performance they listened and jerked up their performance,” she told the Sowetan.

“Though Mpepule still features prominently in our minds, I find solace in the fact that my children are performing better at the new school,” she said.

“The department made a fool of us when it closed down Mpepule and promised to find an alternative school for our kids.

“We still want that school because it took good care of our kids when we went to work,” said Sepoloane.

Mapula Molekwa, who was chairwoman of the school governing body at Mpepule, said they were planning to stage a sit-in in the offices of education MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe, in Polokwane to demand a school for their children.

“We still want those pupils to be together in the same school and what the department has done is to deprive our children of the good teachers at Mpepule,” said Molekwa.