Angry parents fed up with the confusion around Gauteng Education #Admissions2017 site have made their way to the department’s offices to confront officials and get answers.
Vuyiswa Sobende from Boksburg has a child currently in grade seven whom she would like to register for grade eight.
Sobende tells htxt.africa that she has been at the department since 9am and no one from has been communicating with them. Parents have been allocated numbers in a queue and are waiting to be addressed.
“We don’t mind that the servers are down but they need to just come and communicate with us. Communication is very important,” Sobende says.
Sobende says she has been trying to use the site since 11th April when it initially went live and complains that the process has been costly as they’ve been using their data and internet cafes.
“I am concerned about online registrations because some children are staying wiuth grandparents. What if they don’t have internet access and can’t come here like we have? This is just not on, GDE is failing and I am pissed right now” she adds.
“Panyaza [Lesufi] has failed us as women because we don’t know if our kids will get space. My blood pressure is high because I am hungry and have been here since morning but haven’t received help,” says Evelyn Makgwe from Langlaagte whose child is also going to grade eight next year.
“I went to thre school where I want to apply and they said the system is off and that by 10am it will be alright, but 10am has come and gone and they’ve told us there’s nothing they can do for us, so we came here,” she adds.
Makgwe says she has been at the education department offices since 11am and says her boss will fire her becuase she has had to take time off work to address the issue.
MEC for education, Panyaza Lesufi, was meant to address media at 12pm, but the briefing was delayed to 1pm but he is yet to arrive to the meeting.