School readi­ness has im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly – depart­ment

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THE Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion (DBE) said school readi­ness had im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly in the sys­tem over the past five to 10 years.

Ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral for dis­trict, mon­i­tor­ing and sup­port Palesa Ty­obeka told the par­lia­men­tary port­fo­lio com­mit­tee this week that pupil ad­mis­sions and regis­tra­tions to­gether with timeous pro­vi­sion of learner teacher sup­port ma­te­rial were among the ar­eas where sig­nif­i­cant progress had been made.

“On pupil ad­mis­sions most prov­inces have man­aged to dras­ti­cally re­duce the num­ber of un­ad­mit­ted pupils,” Ty­obeka said.

“The to­tal num­ber of pupils still not ad­mit­ted to schools across all nine prov­inces stand at 7 457 with the ma­jor­ity of those be­ing in the Western Cape which still hasn’t placed 4 660 pupils.

“Gaut­eng must be com­mended for man­ag­ing to place thou­sands of pupils, with only 499 still need­ing to be placed. All prov­inces have given as­sur­ances that all pupils will be placed by the end of the month.”

Ty­obeka said all provin­cial heads of de­part­ments had ap­proved the strat­egy to ad­dress the chal­lenge of pupils who ap­ply for ad­mis­sion to schools at the be­gin­ning of an aca­demic year dur­ing a meet­ing.

The com­mit­tee wel­comed the re­port that the ma­jor­ity of schools had re­ceived work­books for all grades.

“All prov­inces showed sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in the pro­vi­sion­ing of text­books com­pared to pre­vi­ous years. Short­ages that were found were mostly at sec­ondary school level but are be­ing ad­dressed.

“In eight of the nine prov­inces, less than 10% of schools re­ported chal­lenges with the de­liv­ery of stationery,” Ty­obeka said.

She said short­ages that were found were be­ing ad­dressed.

The depart­ment said it would con­tinue to mon­i­tor progress in schools around the coun­try to pro­vide sup­port where nec­es­sary.

Mean­while, the Gaut­eng depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion man­aged to place all pupils who ap­plied for ad­mis­sion through the on­line regis­tra­tion and all walk-in ap­pli­cants.

Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi said: “All ap­pli­cants are placed. Well done team GDE for plac­ing all pupils who ap­plied through our on­line regis­tra­tion.”

The depart­ment’s spokesper­son, Steve Mabona, said the depart­ment, which started the 2018 aca­demic year with 28 435 ap­pli­cants, was still re­ceiv­ing queries from par­ents who were re­luc­tant to ac­cept of­fers of al­ter­na­tive place­ment.

“These queries are man­aged on merit and place­ment is al­lo­cated ac­cord­ingly. I can con­firm that all pupils who ap­plied and all the walk-ins have been placed,” he said.

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