Panyaza firm on 2017 school admissions policy

Lesufi says parents will have an opportunity between the months of October and November to apply.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says there will be no admissions into schools in January if parents don't confirm places for their children urgently.

Yesterday, Lesufi gave an update on the placement of pupils in schools for the 2017 academic year, with 44 percent of all applications for grades 1 and 8 completed.

Parents have a seven-day window period to confirm their child's placement or risk losing their space.

Lesufi says parents will have an opportunity between the months of October and November to apply for their unplaced children.

"Those that have applied in time we'll deal with them. Those that are still continuing to apply online we'll deal with them. But at the beginning of the year, it's a big 'NO'. So anyone that wants to bring their child in Gauteng in January - 'askies, I'm sorry.'"

Lesufi says nearly 57,000 applications have been concluded ahead of the deadline of the seventh of next month.

In a separate matter, the MEC also says their recruitment agencies are on alert for a KwaZulu-Natal teacher who is on the run after being accused of rape and may want to escape to Gauteng.