Some learners still not enrolled in schools

Some parents are still battling to find schools for their children days into the 2013 academic year.

Pupils at the Pholosho Primary School in Alexandra lined up for assembly on 9 January 2012. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department (GED) on Friday said its centres were hard at work dealing with late applications and placing pupils in schools across the province.

Eyewitness News received several calls from parents battling to get their children into classrooms.

Some said some schools turned them away, while others claim that not even letters from district offices helped them secure a spot.

Public schools in inland provinces opened on Wednesday for the 2013 academic year.

One parent said she was struggling to get her granddaughter into grade two despite living within the school's feeder zone.

"There are children that don't live in our area and get accepted into the schools which is extremely unfair."

Department spokesperson Charles Phahlane said space was a problem but the centres were there to help everyone.

"Parents should go to those operation centres where they will be assisted.

"If you have a letter from the district and you go to the school but you get no assistance then you need to go back to the district and tell them that you are battling."