Push to help unplaced pupils
THE Gauteng Department of Education said yesterday it was working with schools in high-pressure zones to increase their classroom capacity in a bid to accommodate thousands of unplaced learners in the next fortnight.
Department spokesperson Steve Mabona said they had identified some schools in affected areas which would be assisted with the provision of mobile classrooms.
“We will also partner with independent schools to accommodate excess learners from our public schools accordingly, in consultation with respective parents,” said Mabona.
The department said so far it had placed 267 611 (94.63%) of applicants, which reflects an increase of 3 859 placements. The remaining 14 617 applicants were still to receive placement offers and must be placed by the November 30 deadline.
During the online admissions application period, which started on May 20 and ran to July 22, the department received 310 350 applications.
Of these, 27 563 applicants had not submitted the required documents, while 282 787 applicants had submitted the documents.
“We are undoubtedly working diligently, ensuring that schools increase their classroom capacity to accommodate additional unplaced learners by November 30.
“Parents are urged to accept offers given or immediately object if not suitable, so that those rejected offers can be given to other applicants,” said MEC Panyaza Lesufi. |