The Rich People’s School – Chapter 4

AUTHOR: Lauri Kubuitsile

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust


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Sylvia woke up from her sleepy dream, looked at the sun, and realised that she was late. Climbing down from the boulder, she tried hard to walk quickly along the riverbed, but the sand kept swallowing her footsteps. By the time she reached the corner where her Gran should have been waiting, she could feel small streams of sweat moving down her back. Where was her Gran? Looking in the direction of the school, she could see that it was even later than she had thought. The rich children had all been taken home in their parents’ cars. Everything was very quiet.

Sylvia panicked. How would she get home? She didn’t know the way well enough through the narrow, winding lanes in the village.

Just as tears began falling down her face, she saw her Gran coming towards her from the direction of the school. When she saw Sylvia she began to run.

“Where have you been? I thought now they have taken you too and I would be an old woman all alone,” she said grabbing up Sylvia in her arms, holding her tight until Sylvia thought she wouldn’t breathe another breath.

Then her Gran set her firmly on the ground, held her out and put on an angry face, where it didn’t really belong. “Why have you not been going to the rich people’s school?”

Sylvia didn’t know what to say. She didn’t want her Gran to cry when she found out that they might never be able to go and fetch Sylvia’s mother in America, just because she was frightened of the rich children.

“I don’t like it there,” she said in a soft voice.

Her Gran pulled the big roll of money from her coat pocket and held it out for Sylvia to see. “Never mind. You will go to school near our house. Maybe you’ll be a teacher. They are rich too, Sylvia. Do you know that?” Sylvia nodded. “We will not tell your mother. When the school money is enough, we will send it back to her and she will be able to come home to us.”

She smiled down at Sylvia and Sylvia smiled up at her wise and clever Gran. Then she took Sylvia’s small hand in hers and they walked home.


Tell us. Do you agree that her Gran is wise and clever to rather send Sylvia to the neighbourhood school, even though it does not have good facilities?

31 Responses

  1. The story was awesome but very short and granny took the right decision to take her granddaughter to a nearby school where she won’t be bullied and she would fit in with other children who come from the same environment as her!It doesn’t matter the high level education she would have got at the rich people’s school she wasn’t feeling free there so it would have disturbed her academically!♡

    Galaletsang Mancwe
    20 Mar 2017 at 16:42
  2. I don’t think her Gran’s decision was wise nor clever! It’s good to go to a school where you may never have to worry about bullies, but there is nothing comapred to quality education, which is what Sylvia will lack, if she goes to the school near her house!
    Great story by the way!

    20 Mar 2017 at 12:32
  3. I don’t think she did the right thing, she could have talked to the school teachers about her granddaughter being bullied. This is a kind of problem that can be solve and Sylvia can get the education she deserves.

    17 Mar 2017 at 18:35
  4. Gran is wise and clever in a way that she has so far noticed and understood both potentials and weaknesses of her granddaughter and has decided to send the granddaugher to schooll where she will feel comfortable to learn and make it.

    16 Mar 2017 at 15:38
    • What had gran did was the right thing, it’s that simple, her grandchild was not comfortable in that environment.

      21 Mar 2017 at 10:35
  5. YES…Her grandmother did the right thing sometimes you have to think about where you sending a child to learn if it’s a proper place for her/him to learn & that they won’t be under pressure by other kids…And her Gran can save the money till she’s old enough to go university to go further wit her studies😉😋

    16 Mar 2017 at 10:54
  6. she gave up quickly

    16 Mar 2017 at 07:38
  7. It goes both ways actually. She could have told her to say and that would teach her how to handel situations like that in the future.

    And at the new school near the villagen she will be much more comfortable in her own environment in a sense.

    15 Mar 2017 at 20:43
  8. I feel what she did was right because one connot work in conditions you do not like……

    15 Mar 2017 at 20:12
  9. I think grandma was wrong because, Sylvia won’t have much opportunities when she finishes school

    15 Mar 2017 at 19:49

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