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Mpumalanga Education struggles to place over 600 learners

Bonile Khanyi

The Mpumalanga Department of Education had its hands full on Monday morning, trying to place more than 600 learners in school.

Speaking to Inside Education, the department’s spokesperson Jasper Zwane said a total number of 676 learners still needed to be placed in a school and that the issue was only constrained to Witbank, Middleburg and Mbombela.

Zwane said the department is confident that all learners will be placed by the end of the week.

“Last week Friday, there were 676 learners who had not been placed in a school,” said Zwane.

“We have been working around the clock to ensure that these learners are accommodated in a school come Friday on February 2.”

Zwane also urged parents whose children did not get space at a school, to play their part and contact their circuit offices.

“If parents are facing problems at schools, they must go to the Education Department’s district office in their area.

“Officials there will assist you to find placement at the next available school.

Meanwhile, there are more than 31,000 learners who still need to be placed in Gauteng and 11,000 in the Western Cape.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has also assured frustrated parents that all pupils would be placed.

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