99% of children will be in class, assures Lesufi

99% of children will be in class, assures Lesufi

The Department of Education in Gauteng is optimistic that it will have close to a full house across all schools on Wednesday when the academic year resumes.

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MEC Panyaza Lesufi briefed the media on the admission process for grades 1 and 8 in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

 

Lesufi assured parents that it’s all systems go.

 

"When school bells rings across the province, 99.2 per cent of those children will be in the classroom. The remaining 0.8 per cent is purely because of late registration, outstanding documentation and other matters that we cannot explain," says Lesufi.

 

"We are quite convinced they will respond to that school bell tomorrow and the remaining 0.8, because we are opening the online or the late registration, all of them will respond to that school bell come the 31st of January."

Lesufi added that only a small portion of pupils will not be in school while the department resolves the remaining placement disputes.

 

"The 27 000 that applied we really felt that were testing the system that it's working; it's not people that genuinely applied and they didn't submit documents and now they are blaming us."

 

He added: "27 000 is a huge number, you can't just have a spaces of 27 000 and not know who are these people. They've not given you documents, that is their ID, they have not given you proof of address, you don't even know whether they exist or not or it's people that were using the computer with a fake name just to check whether the system is working."

 

The MEC urged parents to make use of the late registration portal to ensure placement.

 

"We want to place the last learner around January."


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