400 learners Seeking Placement After 20 Unregistered Schools Shuttered In Ivory Park

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Riyaz Patel

Anxious parents affected by the closure of 20 unregistered schools in Ivory Park, Ekurhuleni, are urging Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi to speed up the process of securing alternate schooling accommodation for their children.

It emerged last week last week that three Ivory Park schools, Star Combined School, Four Comprehensive and Our Legacy Combined were operating illegally.

During the ensuing probe, GED officials then discovered that there were 17 other schools operating illegally in the area. The schools start from grade R up to grade 9 and parents were paying between R400 and R450 a month.

It’s understood that some 400 learners are now seeking placements.

“We understand that you might have been misinformed. However, I have spoken to all the principals from government schools in the area to absorb these children. They will all be shared to all our schools. We are going to deal with the interest of the child,” Lesufi said. 

Agnes Khumalo said her child has been at Star Combined School for three years. “She is now in grade 3 and all along I was not aware that the school is not registered with the department. I am worried about the future of my child.”

GED Spokesperson Steve Mabona said the so-called “independent schools” become the last resort for parents whose children were not admitted to public schools.

Some of the children who attend illegal schools happen to be foreign children without the necessary documentation, he added.

Mabona said one of the schools has been operating for at least five years.

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