Last-minute de­lays in plac­ing new school pupils

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TE­BOGO MONAMA

WITH THE aca­demic year start­ing to­day, the Gaut­eng Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment says it has been able to re­duce the num­ber of pupils not placed to 40 000.

At the start of the week, the depart­ment said 58 000 pupils had still not been placed in grades 1 and 8. This was mainly be­cause of prob­lems with the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion sys­tem and late ap­pli­ca­tions.

Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Oupa Bodibe said that by mid­day yes­ter­day, 18 000 pupils had been placed in schools.

“The Depart­ment is work­ing hard to place all learn­ers and as­sures par­ents that all their chil­dren will be placed in a Gaut­eng school.”

De­lays in plac­ing pupils could be at­trib­uted to par­ents who ap­plied late and schools that could not up­date their sys­tems be­cause of the De­cem­ber hol­i­days.

Bodibe said Gaut­eng also faced a shortage of schools and was fac­ing ris­ing de­mand for place­ment, so even some par­ents who ap­plied early could not be placed.

Some pupils had still not been placed in schools in Joburg South, Joburg East, Pre­to­ria North and Midrand. If par­ents from th­ese ar­eas were still look­ing for places, the depart­ment would place the chil­dren in schools in other ar­eas.

“Par­ents are urged to ac­cept of­fers of place­ment in the pro­posed schools.” Bodibe said district of­fices had set up op­er­a­tional cen­tres in var­i­ous schools across Gaut­eng to as­sist par­ents with place­ment.

“Over the past two days the depart­ment has been in­un­dated by par­ents ap­ply­ing for the first time. While all ef­fort will be made to place all learn­ers, pri­or­ity will be ac­corded to those who utilised the on­line sys­tem.”

De­spite de­lays in plac­ing pupils, the depart­ment was ready for the new aca­demic year, Bodibe said.

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