En­rol­ment process to start soon – MEC

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Northern Cape News - RE­FILWE MA­GASHULE re­filwem@the­newage.co.za

EARLY en­rol­ment of pupils has to be a pri­or­ity for the smooth start of the 2019 aca­demic year, the depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion has said.

It urged par­ents to fol­low all pro­ce­dures when en­rolling their chil­dren to avoid mishaps that hap­pened ear­lier this year when many pupils did not have space due to late reg­is­tra­tion.

Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Martha Bartlett will next week an­nounce when the en­rol­ment for the 2019 aca­demic will com­mence and also ad­dress the is­sue of late reg­is­tra­tion.

It is how­ever still not known when ex­actly Bartlett will ad­dress is­sues re­lat­ing to en­rol­ment.

This as in prepa­ra­tion for the 2019 pupil ad­mis­sion, the depart­ment had is­sued Cir­cu­lar No 5 of 2017 in con­junc­tion with Cir­cu­lar No 58 of 2016 to guide schools on the ad­min­is­tra­tion of pupils ad­mis­sions in pub­lic schools.

The Frances Baard district es­pe­cially strug­gled to place Grade R and pri­mary school pupils who reg­is­tered late.

“With re­gard to the sit­u­a­tion of the place­ment of Grade R’s in the Frances Baard district, we had en­cour­aged Grade R par­ents to start look­ing for place­ment at early child­hood de­vel­op­ment com­mu­nity based sites. This was be­cause we could not guar­an­tee place­ment at pub­lic schools,” depart­ment spokesper­son Ge­of­frey van der Merwe said.

Van der Merwe em­pha­sised that par­ents needed to take it upon them­selves and send ap­pli­ca­tions for their chil­dren to ad­mit­ted in schools ear­lier.

“From our own ex­pe­ri­ence, there was an in­ci­dent in which de­spite the clos­ing date of May 31, 2017, there were pupils ad­mis­sions still be­ing pro­cessed as a re­sult of late ap­pli­ca­tion. The MEC is ex­pected to touch on these in­ci­dents and is­sues in her ad­dress next week,” Van der Merwe.

The depart­ment ear­lier in the year had said it could not “turn a blind eye” to late ap­pli­ca­tions this as ed­u­ca­tion was a con­sti­tu­tional right.

Con­se­quently, the depart­ment claimed that it had placed 19 127 pupils in schools in the Frances Baard and John Taolo Gaet­sewe district and worked hard to place the out­stand­ing 1 519 pupils.

The depart­ment in its at­tempt to re­solve the is­sue of out­stand­ing en­rol­ments ear­lier in the year, de­vel­oped cen­tres in Kim­ber­ley and Kuruman deal­ing with late ap­pli­ca­tions .

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