Gauteng Provincial Education Department confirmed that there are still over 30 000 pupils who have applied but still awaiting placement in Gauteng schools. Schools opens in a weeks time.
“To date about 17 000 learners whose parents applied on time have not yet been placed. Unfortunately, they have applied in high pressure areas where there is a shortage of space. It should also be noted that many of these parents declined alternative offers of placement.
“In addition, 22 921 late applications were received towards the end of the year. To date 8 865 learners from this group have been placed leaving a balance of 14 056,” said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.
The placement is for pupils in grade 1 and 8. However, parents have been assured that their children will be placed before the schools open.
“We wish to assure parents that all children will be placed in a school before the schools open on Wednesday, 17 January 2018,” said the department.
According to the department, no effort will be spared to assist and place the unplaced learners and attend to all parents applying for the first time.
Parents have been urged to accept offers of placement from schools with available space.