Gauteng Education Department Says It Is Resolving Placement Issues

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As learners in inland schools head back to school, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has had to contend with a number of issues related to the placement of pupils in the province. As result, parents have been up in arms demanding the Department resolve the issue.


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Media reports have stated that more than 1000 learners in Gauteng have not been placed. After extending his apologies to the affected parents, Gauteng MEC, Panyaza Lesufi went on to say that it has been busy and difficult for the provincial department.

He added that after completing an audit which found that there are more than 126 classrooms that are still available. The only problem is that parents prefer other schools to the ones made available.

The only challenge is there are schools that are far from where they stay or where they (parents) work and we are trying to sort out those things.

According to the MEC, Gauteng has so far received close to 350 000 applications and has managed to place all but 700 of them, adding that these issues will be entirely resolved by the end of the month.

In addition to this, Lesufi also points out that they have had to deal with school vandalisms with 18 schools that were vandalized during the school holiday period.

One fear that I always have when we close for the holidays is that I know that by the time we come back there will be a major setback of people that vandalise and try to steal things in our schools.

The MEC adds that their biggest challenge so far has been the 8 300 parents who arrived in the province this morning to register their children for late registration. 

On the subject of the return of rotational learning, the MEC stated that although he endorses the minister’s decision, he believes that there should at least be a reduction on the 1.5 metre social distancing.

The Western Cape Education Department has also had its equal share of learner placement issues as its spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond stated that 3 589 children have not yet been placed at schools throughout the province

According to Hammond, the Western Cape received roughly 15 000 to 20 000 learners from other provinces every year. She added that the WCED does not have enough budget or resources to adequately deal with overcrowding in schools.

   


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