Enrolment process to start soon – MEC
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 .
ENROLMENT READY: Education MEC Martha Bartlett.