Gauteng education making inroads with late applications

Gauteng education making inroads with late applications

The Gauteng Department of Education says the number of available places in schools for Grade 1 and Grade 8 have significantly decreased.

Pupils from schools in Umlazi
Khatija Nxedlana

The department processed over 10 000 late applications into schools on Wednesday, when public schools across the country opened their doors for the first day of the 2020 academic year.

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The department’s Steve Mabona says the number of available places at schools on Wednesday morning reduced from 1 267 to 760 in the afternoon.

“Over 10 000 spaces for late applications have been grabbed, meaning that all the children that applied on the 15th of January, when we opened the system for late registration, have applied and been placed.

“Parents can still go to our offices for assistance for the late registration and we know some of them do not have means to do so.”

Mabona adds that parents with children who have not been placed in school will still receive assistances from district offices.

“We have over 15 district offices and many of our decentralised offices and provincial offices are assisting with the applications.”

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