The deadline for parents to accept school placement for 2023 in the Western Cape has closed. The education department will now look to clear the waiting list and place learners in schools throughout the province.
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has automated the process of accepting placement offers on behalf of parents who failed to do so. This means that learners will be placed based on the acceptance of their applications at a school on their preference list.
WCED spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond explained that the automation process means that the department can now free up all the available places at schools and tackle their backlog. By Saturday morning, the WCED's system had automatically confirmed 45 000 learners across all grades.
It was important for parents to accept placement offers from school. This is because once a place has been confirmed, all other successful offers of placement from schools will be withdrawn. This will then free up available places at schools for learners on waiting lists which schools will be able to offer placement.
Hammond says the department is appealing to schools to contact as many parents as possible with placement offers this week as upcoming school holidays will delay the process. She adds that school holidays also prevent the education department from contacting the schools and prevent parents from intervening in the case of unplaced learners.
She said, “The problem is that school holidays start on Friday, then there will be no opportunity to phone parents or for parents to intervene. So this week is critical. Parents please answer your phone and help us by making a decision quickly. This will help us move onto another child that doesn't have a place.”