Gauteng education department

The Gauteng Education Department will today begin sending out SMSes to parents and guardians with school offers as school placements commence today. This year, the Department took a different approach to how school applications are done.

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) reported over 73 000 processed Grade 1 and 8 online applications within a day of opening for Phase 2 of the 2022 academic year. Phase 2 follows the first phase of the online applications which took place between August and September 2021. 

The mother of a 17-year-old pupil who was reportedly stabbed on Wednesday, 8 September 2021 by a group of learners, has accused the school of having ignored threats that were made by her son’s attackers. 

Even though the country is now seeing a rise in infections with Gauteng recording thousands of new cases daily, the Education Department has said that schools will still be opening with full capacity. The Gauteng Education Department also gave some insight into what would happen should a positive case be found.

A feeding scheme at a school in Mamelodi has recently been blamed for the alleged food poisoning of over 100 children who fell sick allegedly after eating food provided by the feeding scheme.

Schools are set to open this week and some Gauteng students have not been placed in schools yet, the province's Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he is confident that all students will be placed in schools by the end of the coming week. 

Schools have been told to not withhold reports. The department is now investigating and looking into the matter as some parents still experience difficulties.

There has been a slight bump in Gauteng school admissions as parents are urged to upload documents. This upload of documents affects whether a school will be placed in a school or not.

The pandemic has now resulted in parents struggling to pay school fees. This has now affected the functioning of schools as well as teacher jobs and salaries.

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education announced that it is satisfied with the overall readiness of the Gauteng Department of Education to commence the 2021 academic year.

The Gauteng Education Department says that the Special Investigation Unit has begun interviews of its officials surrounding the R430 million spent on deep cleaning schools in the province. 

One South Africa Movement's leader, Mmusi Maimane has expressed his concern about the R430 million spent by the Gauteng Education Department to deep clean schools. He says that One SA will not hesitate to take legal action if irregularities are found in investigations surrounding this. 

COSATU has requested that the Gauteng Department of Education provides a detailed report on the R431 million that has been spent in the province to disinfect schools and asked that investigations be held for anyone suspected of corruption. 

Equal Education released a statement which revealed that the Gauteng Education Department spent R431 million on COVID-19 “deep cleaning”, which Equal Education believes was a waste.

Gauteng's Education Department spent hundreds of millions of rands on deep cleaning school and Unions are now calling for this to be looked into as suspicions are further raised. These teacher unions want action to be taken.

Good news for Gauteng, nearly all of their schools are open. Due to a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases.