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Thousands of Gauteng learners still unplaced

Last month the Education Department announced that around 82,000 children had not yet been placed at schools.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Education Department says about 45,000 grade one and eight pupils have still not been placed for the 2017 academic year in the province.

Last month, the department announced that while over 200,000 children had been placed at a school, around 82,000 had not.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has urged parents of children who applied on time not to panic.

“From 10 January we are opening new schools and [during the school holidays we were] extending some of the schools using alternative technology, so we believe we can bring down that number substantially.”

Lesufi says, however, that he cannot guarantee a place for late applicants.

“It is very difficult for us to promise that there will be space in our schools. We might try to place them where there is still availability, but it would be an appeal.”