No schools for over 16k GP pupils due to placement confusion

GP Education MEC Lesufi says he’ll work to improve communication between district offices and schools.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says parents seeking placement for their children should approach district offices for assistance.

Over 16,000 pupils have not been placed due to the lack of space in classrooms across the province.

Lesufi says he will work to improve communication between the department's district offices and schools.

The MEC says schools should cooperate with district offices, as they have better knowledge of which schools have the capacity to take more learners.

"Some schools feel that they are full because they are looking at their own area. The district, because it is looking at the broader [picture]… they will tell you that [they] are not full, and schools have those battles."

But one parent says he has already explored all channels, and still doesn't have a school for his little boy.

"I followed all the necessary procedures that we were supposed to follow. I have been to both the school and the district office, as well as the office of the MEC. A day before schools open, I still don't have official confirmation of a placement for my son."

With schools across the country opening tomorrow, the department has promised to ensure that all pupils receive an education this year.