Education department asks for calm as more learners are placed

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi.


The Gauteng education department has pleaded with parents to remain calm as it continues to find placement for all learners.

By Tuesday, the department had placed 18 000 more learners at schools in the province, reducing the total number of unplaced learners to 40 000.

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Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said his department was faced with a serious challenge in placing learners due to a shortage of schools.

Lesufi also pleaded with parents to accept the schools their children were placed in.

“It is important for parents to note that schools in Johannesburg South; Johannesburg East (covering Bryanston area); Pretoria North; and Midrand are completely full and the department will endeavour to place learners in other schools,” said Lesufi.

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“Parents are urged to accept offers of placement in the proposed schools.”

He said the department received many applications from parents this week, but priority would be given to those who applied through the online system.

“Over the past two days the department has been inundated by parents applying for the first time.”

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“While all effort will be made to place all learners, priority will be given to those who utilised the online system.”

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