Play ball, par­ents

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

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.

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