WC battles with late enrolments

Western Cape Education officials are helping parents who are struggling to find placements at schools.

Pupils inside an overcrowded classroom. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department says it is assisting about 350 families who are struggling to find placement at schools for their children for 2013.

Areas including Durbanville, Kuilsriver, Milnerton, Lentegeur and Vredenberg have seen a high demand for places.

The department says 99 percent of learners in the province have been placed in schools for the 2013 school year.

The department's Bronagh Casey says an official has been designated to assist parents in each education district over the holiday period.

"Every year, we do experience late enrolments. Next year we do expect that we will receive late enrolments, but we believe we have come as close to ready as possible."

Casey says factors such as migration from other provinces also influence late enrolments at schools each year.

"We would like to plead with parents who go on holidays to ensure that their children come back in time for school. In some cases, parents have delayed their return due to funds and children end up missing weeks of schooling."

Schools in the province reopen on January 16.