More than 6‚000 learners still not placed for grades one and eight in Gauteng for 2019

01 November 2018 - 13:43 By Nomahlubi Jordaan
This is a critical period‚ which is still closely monitored by relevant officials, said Lesufi.
This is a critical period‚ which is still closely monitored by relevant officials, said Lesufi. 
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More than 6‚000 learners in Gauteng have still not been placed in grades one and eight for 2019‚ the provincial education department said on Thursday.

In an effort to alleviate pressure‚ he said the department had decided to use the newly built Centurion Primary School in Tshwane South to temporarily accommodate all unplaced grade 8 learners in the Centurion area.

“The department will facilitate necessary consultations with all affected parents. Regular SMS notifications will be sent to parents to update them on developments. To alleviate pressure from the call centre‚ an email account has been established‚ namely Admissions."

"Hotline@gauteng.gov.za where parents can send in their enquiries regarding placement of their children‚” Lesufi said.

He said all district offices will have a list of schools and will be able to monitor the number of applications received and the status of those applications. A link will be established on the Online Admission Website where the same list of schools will be reflected‚ Lesufi said.

“Late registration will be opened only to parents that did not apply as well as those that did not submit their documents and those who have forfeited their space.

“Parents should take into consideration that some schools receive high volumes of applications and that placement is conducted on the admission criteria‚ but more so on a first come first served basis‚” Lesufi said.

He said the district offices were assisting parents who lived close to the schools they had applied at but had not been placed. “We appeal to parents to be patient and accept their offers of placement rather than not have space at all. This is a critical period‚ which is still closely monitored by relevant officials‚” said Lesufi.  

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