More Than 1000 Learners Yet To Be Placed In Schools

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A teachers union is calling on the Education Department to allow learners to return to school at full time learning to ensure that no further teaching time is lost. 


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A teachers union is calling on the Education Department to allow learners to return to school at full time learning to ensure that no further teaching time is lost.

Learners in inland provinces will be commencing with their 2022 academic year on Wednesday, 12 January 2021 while those in coastal provinces will return to their classrooms next week.

However, despite school starting on Wednesday for learners in Gauteng, more than 1000 learners are yet to be placed in schools. This means that they will miss out on valuable time in their Grade 1 and Grade 8 school year.

Spokesperson for Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) Steve Mabona says that about 1400 students are yet to be placed in schools in the province. He says the department is working on finalising all the appeals to ensure these learners are placed in schools as soon as possible.

Mabona explains that obstacles to the placement of learners are being caused by a lack of capacity.

He explains that the GDE is committed to resolving the issues around capacity at schools in the province. He adds R240 million has been made available to build new classrooms and purchase mobile or temporary classroom units to combat the issues around capacity.

The department plans to build 229 classrooms at primary school and 270 classrooms at high schools. This in the hope of tackling the challenges presented by lack of capacity.

Mabona said, “we have availed the mobile units which will be in the interim assisting to accommodate those that need to be placed but then in the near future they will then be taken to schools that would have built more classes”.

The department will also allow parents of learners in grades other than grade 1 and grade 8 to apply to schools with space on 12 January 2022.

“We have then decided to open for late registration on Wednesday 12th…parents need to go online and apply for late registration. We're not going to avail schools that are full, only schools that will be available and still have capacity to accommodate” concluded Mabona.

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