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WCED working to enrol unregistered learners

MEC Debbie Schäfer describes late enrolments as one of the biggest challenges facing the department.

WC Education MEC Schäfer speaking to some of the learners and teachers at the school. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – The Western Cape Education Department will this week try to place hundreds of unregistered learners.

Schools opened their doors to about a million pupils in the province yesterday. 

Education MEC Debbie Schafer describes late enrolments as one of the biggest challenges facing the department at the beginning of the academic year.

She said this is despite constant reminders last year for parents to register their children on time.

Schäfer said district officials are assisting in placing unregistered children.

“We’ve encouraged all parents to register last year very early to try and help us. We obviously can’t have classrooms in place if we don’t know where people are going to be. 

“So we’ve asked them to do that, if they’ve not done that, it will take a little longer to place them but we’ll place them.”

Yesterday, scores of parents in Nyanga, Guguelthu and Philippi were still queuing at schools, hoping to get their children enrolled, amid warnings of limited places.

Schäfer has urged parents to report to district offices working to accommodate late registrations.

“If a lot more people come than we expected, then we will have to take some time to make sure we order the stationery, books and text books and make sure there are classes for them.”

UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS UNDER SPOTLIGHT

Schäfer has warned strong action will be taken against schools that consistently underperform.

The province this year achieved the highest matric pass rate in the country.

The MEC said officials will analyse the results in further detail in the coming weeks.

She added schools that are struggling will be helped.

“If it’s consistently underperforming then we can’t carry on having pupils in those schools that aren’t delivering results, but obviously that’s the last resort. We’ll first try and ensure that pupils are assisted to improve their results, if they’re unable, unwilling to do so, then we’ll take action.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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