Education Dept dealing with late applications

The Gauteng Education Department is assisting parents with late school applications.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe addresses pupils at Pholosho School in Alexandra on the first day of school 9 January 2013. Picture: Mbali Sibanyoni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department says it is too early to assess the number of late school applications streaming in from across the province.

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

One woman in Florida, on the West Rand, says her granddaughter was rejected despite a letter from the district office.

"I have been working around the clock to get my child into a school. They understand my financial situation that I cannot afford a school that is out of my area but the school has refused applications from the department."

The department's Charles Phahlane says the district centres will be open until the end of the month and are there to help all parents.

"On the first day of schooling we had about 2,000 applications. So far they are able to manage the situation and they are giving parents information about where they can go."

Gauteng schools opened on Wednesday.