Parents Urged To Accept High School Placement Offers

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Parents in the Western Cape have faced numerous challenges when trying to enrol their children in schools in the province. This is especially true when the enrollment requires the use of the provinces’ online admissions system.

 


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Provincial education departments around the country make use of an online system to capture applications for entry into a school when a learner needs to be enrolled in Grade 1 and Grade 8. While the online system can be convenient for some parents, others face challenges which could prevent the application on behalf of their children from being successful.

Parents are being encouraged to accept placement offers from schools, as not accepting these offers could result in another child losing a place.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) allows parents who applied for grade 1 and grade 8 placement for the 2022 school year to accept placement offers from schools. If parents do not accept an offer, they deny another learner a place at that particular school.

WCED spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond explained that if a parent accepts an offer from a school and a space is made available, the school can then contact the parents of learners who were initially not accepted for placement and offer them placement.

She warned that if parents do not accept offers, the department will select the school they chose first during the application process. This will free up thousands of placements as it will remove accepted learners from school placement lists as they will no longer require a place at that particular school.

Hammond says that a long-term solution must still be put in place. This as schools and classrooms needs to be built to accommodate learners and teachers employed to educate the learners.

“We have been appealing to treasury for more funding …and we’ve seen a massive injection in funds this year, R2.2 billion more than what we received in the previous year so we are very excited because we got that increased funding that will allow us to get a thousand extra teaching posts in our next basket as well as R2.5 billion in Infrastructure for this next year,” explained Hammond.

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