Education Depts Across SA Turn Chaotic As Thousands Of Pupils Struggle To Get Placed


Schools across South Africa resumed the year’s academic session on Monday but thousands of SA pupils are yet to get placed in schools.

Tshwane department of education in Pretorius Street turned chaotic on Monday morning as parents got tired of queuing up to have their children enrolled as report has it that over 41 000 Grade 1 and Grade 8 pupils in Tshwane are still unable to be enrolled into a school.

Parents shouting, pushing and screaming at each other, lashed out on officials for failing to have their children referred to schools as they promised long after they applied online.

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Meanwhile, the Gauteng education department spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said about 7 945 Grade 1 and 6 229 Grade 8 SA pupils needed to be placed in Tshwane.

He said the department had received 35 655 applications for Grade 1 pupils in Tshwane out of which only 24 336 had been placed by Monday morning.

Bodibe explained that the department had to place 58 000 SA pupils in schools throughout the country and that it was impossible to help everybody on Monday but he promised that the department would make sure every child was placed in a school.

Similarly, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said over 18,000 pupils have not been allocated space at state schools due to late enrollments.

The province’s growing learner population will exceed one million this year but the WCED said it’s working around the clock to find schools for unplaced learners.

“We have a programme whereby we are replacing schools that need to be replaced and we are all building new schools all the time,” said Education MEC Debbie Schäfer

At least 119 mobile classrooms will also be deployed to meet growing demand and more are in reserve to accommodate growth in the province.

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Education MEC said when learners population continue to go up and the budget continues to go down, the department will have to do everything possible to balance all the needs. “It’s just impossible to build brick schools for everybody at the same time,” she said.