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Panyaza praises dept for reducing school placement numbers

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says as of Tuesday, 3900 grade 1 pupils and 3,000 grade 8s who applied online were still without schools.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says there’s been a significant decline in the number of unplaced pupils in the province.

The MEC has applauded his department on urgently reducing the number from 58,000 to 7,000.

Lesufi is currently giving an update on the status of pupil placements in Johannesburg.

He says as of Tuesday, 3900 grade 1 pupils and 3,000 grade 8s who applied online were still without schools.

However, he says they have received around 12,000 completely new walk ins.

The MEC says they are working on multiple strategies to guarantee all pupils are placed as soon as possible.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)