Township Schools Have Improved Says Gauteng Education Department

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Last week 700 learners were not placed in schools in Gauteng. This was worrying for parents as the school year had begun.


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Last week 700 learners were not placed in schools in Gauteng. This was worrying for parents as the school year had begun.

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) says they are making progress with the placement of learners.

As of Friday, there were 300 learners who had not yet been placed. This means that more than half of the learners were placed in schools. Panyaza Lesufi, MEC for Education in the province said that all learners will be in schools by the end of the month.

GDE spokesperson, Steve Mabona says the issue of unplaced learners is compounded by preferred schools. He adds that unplaced learners will not be placed in schools that cannot accommodate them.

Mabona said “we have schools that are preferred by almost everyone in a certain community and the schools that receive so many applications that they will not be in a position, even if we wanted to accommodate all those aggrieved parents”.

He has also said if there is criticism of the standard of education in the townships, those people should wait until Gauteng releases their matric results.

Mabona said, “You will see we're going to tell you that so many of the township schools that performed, they've even surpassed those that are in the former model c’s or in the urban areas”

He added that the department will continue to invest in education at schools located in townships as they have in the past. This as 90% of the schools of specialization are located in townships while learners were also provided with tablets to improve learning according to Mabona.

“There are schools that are giving us 100% in the townships and they've been doing that for the past three years now so it's not a fluke to say that some miracle happened. It means that the quality of education in the township has improved” concluded Mabona.

Last week, the GDE MEC, Panyaza Lesufi attended the opening of the refurbished Setlabotjha Primary school in Sebokeng. The refurbishment cost the department more than R90 million. The school will see the use of mobile tablets by learners as well as interactive smartboards in classrooms.

 

 

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