GDE Working On Placing Grade 1 And 8 Pupils

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Lerato Masigo

The Gauteng department says it is currently working in the reduction of grade 1 and 8 pupils that have not yet been placed in schools resulting in 30,000 pupils not having space across the province.

It has once again appealed that parents who encountered problems, and not yet secured schools for their children, were asked to visit various designated admission centers on the 13th and 14th of this month in order for them to be assisted.

The Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona said “We plan to finalize the placement. We should have placed all of the 30,000 by the 16th.”

Department has urged parents to accept offers of placement from schools with available space as most schools are full.

“Parents must not be despondent. They must be encouraged to go to those centres so that we can finalize the process. We also want to appeal to those coming to schools for the first time, on 17 January, to be patient with us.”Mabona said.

In Addition, the Western Cape Education Department is considered to be the hardest hit, as schools in Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Mfuleni and Macassar, with over 11,000 learners are not given desks and will be resulting in redeployment of teachers to ease overcrowding.

The provincial education MEC spokesperson Jessica Shelver said “In 2018, the WCED implemented a placement plan to accommodate continued growth. Officials planned ahead in the third and fourth terms of 2017 based on known and projected learner numbers. We will also redeploy teachers in excess of requirements at certain schools that are seeing rapid growth.”