Leaving it late
LATE APPLICANTS COULD WAIT UNTIL MARCH, SAYS MEC Placement delay attributed to shortage of schools and rising demand.
The Gauteng department of education said yesterday 18 000 more pupils had been placed at schools in the province but 40 000 were still uncertain about when or in which schools they would placed to start the new academic year.
The department confirmed yesterday tens of thousands of pupils have still not been placed as schools across the country open today.
“The department is working hard to place all [pupils] and assures parents that all their children will be placed in a Gauteng school,” it said.
The delay in placing pupils was attributed to a shortage of schools, rising demand, late applications and the fact that schools could not update their systems over the December holidays.
“The majority of parents [who] used the online system have been placed,” the department said.
Schools in Johannesburg South, Johannesburg East (covering the Bryanston area), Pretoria North and Midrand were full and the department would endeavour to place pupils in other schools.
“Parents are urged to accept offers of placement in the proposed schools,” the department said.
“Districts have set up operational centres in various schools across Gauteng to assist parents with placement.”
After waiting in queues since 7am yesterday at the department’s offices in Johannesburg, some parents were told their children might only be placed during the coming week.
“I was told that my child is on a waiting list for any school that has space for Grade 8s,” said one mother, who was assisted by a department official at 11am after arriving at the department’s office at 7am.
“They said I will receive an SMS, maybe by Monday, letting me know which school is available.”
Parents who missed the online deadline and those who experienced technical difficulties have been anxiously queuing inside and outside the department’s offices in the hope of getting their children into schools before opening day.
Gauteng department of education spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said while all efforts would be made to place all pupils, priority would be accorded to those who used the online system.
Meanwhile, parents whose children are still awaiting placements are also being helped at the Gauteng district offices around Pretoria.
Parents looking for places in schools in East Lynne, Lindopark, Derdepoort, Silverton, La Montagne, Meyerspark, Nellmapius, Eersterust and Mamelodi West have been told by the department to go to the Mamelodi Teachers Centre at 20202 Serapeng Avenue in Mamelodi.
Those in Atteridgeville and Pretoria West must go to Lemoshanang Teachers Centre in Maraba Nchabeleng Street in Atteridgeville.
Parents in the Pretoria City Centre, Pretoria East, Centurion, Laudium and Olievenhoutsbosch must report to the Vodacom ICT Centre in Lenahof Building, 186 Gerard Moerdyk Street in Sunnyside.
In 2016, the GDE introduced online registration for learners going to Grades 1 and 8.
Gauteng MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi said on Monday that those who applied late were not likely to get places before March. –
The majority of parents that used the online system have been placed. Gauteng department of education
What now? Frustrated parents outside the Gauteng department of education central regional office office in Soweto yesterday trying to get their children placed in schools before the academic year starts today.
WORRIED. Parents queue at the Gauteng department of education’s offices in Johannesburg yesterday in a bid to get their children places before schools open today.