In the black township of Soweto in South Africa last week, the school boycott by black students appeared to be over.
SV Pupils outside Molapo Technical Training College in Soweto, South Africa
SCU Girl student waiting to register
CU Sign "Application forms"
SCU INT Students filling out application forms (TWO SHOTS)
GV INT enrolment room
SV INT enroling officials
GV PAN EXT students waiting outside to enrol.
CU Director of Soweto schools, Mr. Jaap Strydom being interviewed
GV EXT Students waiting to enrol (TWO SHOTS)
REPORTER: "From what you have seen today can you give just a rough indication of how many extra schools you feel might need to be opened now to accommodate these children?"
STRYDOM: "Well that is impossible to say, but I would say at least four."
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Background: 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.