Play ball, parents
THE 2017 schooling year starts tomorrow, but about 45 000 kids are yet to be placed in Gauteng schools. This is not only an indictment on the Gauteng Department of Education but on parents as well, as some never made time to ensure their children were enrolled at schools on time.
When the more organised schools hit the ground running tomorrow, others will still be busy trying to place children whose future hangs in the balance through no fault of theirs.
This is a worrying trend that plays out at the beginning of every school year.
That, along with the non-delivery of textbooks on time, robs teachers of the time to kickstart the academic programme on time, and the children of their constitutional right to quality education.
While many of these children have relocated to Gauteng from other provinces due to socioeconomic factors, others have parents who just don’t take their education seriously.
Here’s to hoping that parents will take their roles seriously and realise they are as important as teachers are to their children’s academic success, and that they will attend parents’ meetings and follow their children’s academic progression closely.
Let’s do things differently in 2017.