Parents Granted Extension for Gauteng Online School Admissions

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The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is in a race against time to place learners in schools before the start of the 2022 academic year.


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The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is in a race against time to place learners in schools before the start of the 2022 academic year.

The GDE have revealed that around 4 000 learners have not yet been placed in schools for the 2022 academic year. The department uses an online admissions process to select schools for learners who will be attending Grade 1 and Grade 8 in the upcoming academic year.

On Friday, disgruntled parents staged a sit-in outside the department's offices as more than 4 712 children were not placed. This is after the GDE missed the 10 December deadline it set for all children to be placed in schools for next year.

Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona says the department is working tirelessly to resolve the challenges around learner placements. He also revealed that 57 062 parents have not submitted all the required documentation. The department will provide these parents with an opportunity to submit these documents between 16 and 31 December 2021.

Mabona explains that not having all the required documents creates challenges for the department. He says the proof of residence is a key document needed for the department when placing learners in school. This as they want to place learners in school near to where they live.

He said, “That's why we are opening from the 16th to the 31st for parents to submit those proof of residence so that we can then be in a position to place them because we place we look at the proximity between the home and the school. So that's how your feeder zone will then be assisting us to place so that's why it's a critical document for us to use”.

The department released a statement announcing a number of interventions to help remedy the situation.

These interventions include allocating funds to build brick and mortar classrooms at schools in high pressure areas. A transfer of R240 million will be processed to build 229 classrooms in identified primary schools and 270 classrooms in high schools. A total of 132 mobile classrooms will also be supplied to identified schools to enhance space at schools.

“We need to emphasize to parents that capacity is our challenge because some parents will say now the system is not working, the system is frustrating us. It's not the system, it's the capacity” concluded Mabona.

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