The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) on Tuesday announced that the number of learners who still need to be placed in a school was reduced to 3,366 from 31,000 at the start of the academic year.
“The Gauteng Department of Education can now report that the number of unplaced learners has drastically been reduced to 3,366. This brings the number of all placed learners to 318,544 learners, of which 176,702 is Grade 1 and 141 842 is Grade 8,” said Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi.
During a press briefing at the Reiger Park High school in Boksburg on Tuesday morning, Lesufi said that since January 13 the department received an additional 13,155 new applications and of that number, 10,780 learners have already been placed.
Lesufi also said the department found that more than 350 learners relocated to Gauteng from other provinces and countries.
“The department received 395 relocations from other province and countries. These include learners from relocations from Zimbabwe, Burundi and India collectively. The highest number of relocations is from the Free State at 61, followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal with 56 applications and Limpopo with 51,” said Lesufi.
“The Admission Centres at districts helped reduce the backlog and will cease operating from tomorrow on 31 January 2018.”
Lesufi appealed to all the parents whose children have not been placed to be patient until the department finds their children space in a school.
He said parents are, however, advised to accept offers of placements that may not be their first choice as many schools can no longer accommodate additional learners.