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18 000 Grade 1 and 8 pupils yet to be placed in Gauteng schools


With public schools across the country set to open tomorrow, 18 000 children in grades one and eight in Gauteng may not be part of those going to school on the first day.

According to the Gauteng Department of Education, yesterday 58 000 pupils whose parents had applied for them to go to grade one or eight, were yet to be placed in school.

By today, that number was rapidly reduced to 18 000, the department said in its latest update.

The delay in completing placement can be attributed to the following reasons:

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  1. Gauteng faces a shortage of schools and is facing rising demand for placement, hence many parents that applied early could not be placed.
  2. Late applications after the the 1st June 2016 deadline.
  3. Schools could not update the system due to the December holidays.

“However, the department is comforted by the fact that majority of parents that used the online system have been placed,” the department said.

“It is important for parents to note that schools in Johannesburg South; Johannesburg (East covering Bryanston area); Pretoria North and Midrand are completely full and the department will endeavour to place learners in other schools. Parents are urged to accept offers of placement in the proposed schools,” it added.

Districts have set up operational centres in various schools across Gauteng to assist parents with placement.

Over the past two days the department has been inundated by parents applying for the first time, including those who have not used the online system.

“While effort will be made to place all learners, priority will be accorded to those that utilised the online system,” the department said. “We extend our deepest and sincere apology to parents for the frustration caused by the delay in placement, especially those parents that applied early.”

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