It’s back to school and as parents celebrating their children going to the 1st grade and others to the 8th grade; it is regrettably that many of the learners across the Gauteng province are denied access to basic education.
Over 30 000 learners have not yet been placed in schools to start of the 2018 academic year and it is expected by the Department that, by the end of February everyone will be placed to various schools.
According by the Democratic Alliance statement, the placement of learners by the end of February, they find it hard as it robs learners of vital learning time, and it will result with learners being far behind academically.
“There should be no child of school going age sitting at home because the department has failed its obligation to provide basic education”.
The departments poor planning has caused pupil to start off their academic year end of February, with more than half of the learners that have applied on time.
The department should have used an opportunity to plan and allocate resources accordingly, after the online registrations have created a wide picture of schools that are high in demand and schools without pressure.
With the DA’s demands, the educational MEC Panyaza Lesufi must engage with the independent schools to place more than 33 000 learners within the province and approach the finance MEC Barbara Creecy to access the R12 billion provincial reserve funds to ensure thee educational needs are funded.
Furthermore the DA will continue visiting various schools to ensure that they have the necessary resources to ensure learning and teaching.