The Gauteng Department of Education says it is currently working with the model to rank schools, following the repeated complaints by parents refusing to take second options given in order to accommodate 1st grade and 8th grade pupils in various schools.
Over the weekend, the department ran last-minute registrations across the province to help place learners in various schools, including the MEC Panyaza Lesufi who visited registrations centres in Soweto on Sunday.
While parents have been struggling for placements, with the given options by the department regarding placements in schools, the departments Steve Mabona says one of the challenges faced is that of parents refusing to accept 2nd or 3rd offer after their first choice of school was full.
“Parents were saying ‘I can’t take my child to a certain school’ and say it’s a drug affected school.”
Mabona says that the department needs help from the School governing Bodies (SGB), parents and pupils to transform schools that are not considered as ideal.
While the department will launch a ranking system, to eliminate the perceptions about schools that are considered below standard, suggestions were made for schools to be ranked equally.
Mabona says the department is committed in transformation of schools that have negative reputation.