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A scramble for space as schools reopen

Gauteng Education has set up 15 district offices to deal with late registrations.

FILE: Some parents say they didn't deliberately leave the enrollment process until the last minute. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As public schools prepare to reopen tomorrow some parents are still frantically trying to find places in classrooms for their children.

The Gauteng Education Department has set up 15 district offices to deal with late registrations and to ensure that all students are placed.

But MEC Panyaza Lesufi has warned that these parents will not necessarily be able to get the children into their schools of choice and pupils will have to wait up to 10 days to be placed.

Dozens of parents are anxiously queuing outside the provincial education department in Johannesburg hoping to secure a space at a school for their children.

They say they didn't deliberately leave the enrollment process until the last minute.

One parent says personal reasons are to blame for his child not yet being registered.

"I thought my child was going to start at the Eastern Cape, but I found out at the end of the year that I must get a school."

Other parents say their children failed last year and their schools then informed them they wouldn't be re-admitted.

Around 105,000 grade one pupils will enter the public schooling system this year.