VIDEO: Back to school - the 2017 school year kicks off in Port Elizabeth!

BY JESICA SLABBERT - JANUARY 11, 2017

The new school year kicked off on Wednesday with many parents and learners excited about 2017.

RNEWS visited St Georges Preparatory School and Clarendon Primary along Park Drive, Central, Port Elizabeth, where moms and dads arrived early in the morning to drop off their kids into the care of educators and Principals - while some were starting Grade 1, others progressing with their studies.

It has been estimated that close to 1 million kids join the country's education system as Grade 1's every year.

For many young learners, it was, without doubt, a Big Day as they walked hand in hand with their parents into the school gates.

Some of the parents, who spoke to RNEWS were very excited for their little ones.