All pupils will be placed at schools

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TE­BOGO MONAMA

MORE than 30 000 pupils have still not been placed at Gaut­eng schools but the prov­ince’s Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment is op­ti­mistic they will all get a school.

The de­part­ment says thanks to cen­tral ap­pli­ca­tion cen­tres in the prov­ince, par­ents can get help in plac­ing their chil­dren. There are 62 ap­pli­ca­tions cen­tres in the prov­ince.

The pupils will then be ac­com­mo­dated in new schools that are be­ing built across the prov­ince.

Dur­ing the open­ing of schools last week, Ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi and Pre­mier David Makhura opened the Nomzamo Madik­izela-Man­dela Pri­mary School in Braam­fis­cherville, Soweto.

Three more schools that will be opened are Rethabiseng Pri­mary School in Bronkhorstspruit, Olieven­hout­bosch Sec­ondary School in Cen­tu­rion and the Moses Kotane Pri­mary School, also in Braam­fis­cherville.

But ac­cord­ing to a par­ent, Mathabo Molepo, of Dob­sonville, Soweto, who has been wait­ing for her daugh­ter to be placed since last year, the in­ter­ven­tion is too late. “My child was sup­posed to start Grade 1. I have been go­ing to the dis­trict of­fice and the of­fi­cials are not help­ful. I now take my daugh­ter to work be­cause I can’t leave her alone at home.”

She has been placed on a wait­ing list and told she will be placed by the end of next month.

Last week, Le­sufi met of­fi­cials of the Hoërskool Overkruin and Mon­tana in Pre­to­ria after the high court dis­missed their case. The schools took the de­part­ment to court be­cause they did not want to ad­mit any more English-medium pupils.

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