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Lesufi apologises to Gauteng parents over school admission troubles

The department opened its offices today, with officials deployed to deal with school placements for the 2020 academic year.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi addresses the media on the state of readiness of the reopening of schools. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Sunday said they were fully aware of the disruptions at district offices and apologised to parents.

The department opened its offices on Sunday, with officials deployed to deal with school placements for the 2020 academic year.

They had aimed to complete the application process by the end of last month but that did not happen. It has now allocated Sunday for officials to try to get through a large number of parents that have been queuing outside its offices.

Lesufi has tweeted that he is making his way to the districts.

His spokesperson Steve Mabona said parents need to understand that not all children would be placed at the schools of their choice.

“We announced the top 20 high-pressure schools on the first day of admissions. We said it’s going to be impossible for all children to be placed there.”

Lesufi arrived at the district offices in Parkmore after some parents who had been there since 6 am in the morning shared their dissatisfaction on social media.

He said: “Let me start by apologising from the bottom of my heart. No one is supposed to be subjected to this level of humility. I am truly sorry.”

He’s told parents that a technical caused the misunderstanding on when parents should go to the district offices.

Lesufi has assured parents that placements for every child who applied on time will be settled by the end of this month.

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