Gauteng education reduces number of unplaced learners

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Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has found schools for the majority of the learners starting grades one and eight in the next academic year, and only 748 pupils remain unplaced.

This comes after the GDE revealed last month it still had to find schools for 54 773 learners whose parents were required to apply via its online registration portal.

In a statement, the GDE confirmed school placement for 257 648 learners.

According to the GDE, during the online application period for the 2019 learner intake, it received a total of 282 823 applications, of which 149 461 were grade one and 133 362 were grade eight applications.

The department says it's been unable to find placement for the rest of the learners due to schools having reached capacity, especially in Johannesburg Central, Johannesburg East and Tshwane South Districts.

However, districts are in communication with relevant parents to secure alternative placements, it states.

"Districts are continuing to assist parents who have not submitted documents by allocating schools with available space. Parents are directed to submit required documents at identified schools.

"The department is aware that some parents are visiting our district offices to enquire about late registration. Parents must note that the system will only open for late applications after all applicants who applied during the application period are placed. The date will be announced in due course and only schools with available space will be listed on the system for late applications."

MEC Panyaza Lesufi adds: "We are aware that the process of waiting for placements is cumbersome and frustrating to parents and learners. This is to appeal for patience, as our officials are hard at work and committed to ensure that all learners are placed."

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