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Minority of WC pupils still not placed

A small percentage of the more than one million school-going children have not been placed.

A small percentage of the more than one million school-going children in the Western Cape have not been placed. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department says a small percentage of children were not placed at schools in the first term.

Schools across the country have shut down for the term, with pupils on just over a week's break.

The department says the first term has been no different to previous years, with thousands of parents still seeking school placement for their children late into the first term.

Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant says this is the case for more than 22,000 children in the province.

He adds, of the more than one million school-going children in the province, a small percentage have not been placed.

"Some learners are in school but are wanting to move and so they then get registered. The last figure I heard was less than 500. If you take 500, it's less than 0.05 percent of the total. But obviously we want every child in school and learning."

GANG VIOLENCE

The safety of Manenberg schools proved to be a headache for the Education Department as gang warfare continues in the area.

Security had to be improved at the schools after some teaching staff approached the courts.

Grant says the department has a good working relationship with the South African Police Service.