Leav­ing it late

LATE AP­PLI­CANTS COULD WAIT UN­TIL MARCH, SAYS MEC Place­ment de­lay at­trib­uted to shortage of schools and ris­ing de­mand.

The Citizen (KZN) - - FRONT PAGE - Vir­ginia Kep­pler & ANA Re­porter news@cit­i­zen.co.za

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

Pic­ture: Nigel Sibanda

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.

Pic­ture: Nigel Sibanda

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.

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