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Number of unplaced pupils decreases in Gauteng

The department says it's working to ensure that these pupils are in a classroom by the end of the week.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department says the number of unplaced pupils who applied through its online system has been substantially reduced to 377.

The department says it's working to ensure that these pupils are in a classroom by the end of the week.

Over 50,000 grade one and eight pupils were left without schools at the beginning of the 2017 academic year.

The department's Oupa Bodibe says they’re now working to accommodate late applicants.

“We received 19,000 new applications and managed to place 15,000. We are left with about 3,000 who applied in January.”