‘Squeezing pupils into schools is unacceptable’

Governors' Alliance says it’s unacceptable for govt. to push pupils into schools without space.

File: A social sciences educator teaches his class. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - School governing organisation Governors' Alliance on Tuesday said it was unacceptable for government to push pupils into schools which did have space for them.

The Gauteng Department of Education has been accused of trying to force several schools in northern Johannesburg to accept hundreds of pupils who have still not been placed for 2013.

The department says only schools that have the necessary capacity and resources will be asked to take on more pupils.

Gauteng education spokesperson Charles Phahlane said because of a high demand, they started registration in May.

"That is the reason we started the registration process early, so we can have time between now and next year to place learners that were not placed"

But Kathy Callaghan from Governors' Alliance said high pupil ratios could not be used as an excuse for "squeezing" pupils in.

"That's not acceptable. We need to find a way to have smaller classes."

The provincial education department said it would conduct further meetings with relevant schools to find a solution.