Parents heed deadlines for early registration

2013-01-16 00:00

PARENTS seem to have heeded calls by the Education Department to refrain from waiting until the last minute to register their children in schools.

Three schools visited by The Witness in the northern suburbs of Pietermartizburg yesterday were without the long queues of parents and pupils that are typical on the day before schools open.

Some schools had put up notices stating that they had no places for new applicants.

At others, a few parents had arrived to settle administrative issues such as school fees and bring their children to hostel.

Indran Pillay, the principal at the Raisethorpe Secondary School, said registration closed last year. By yesterday, the school already had notices on its doors that there were no more places available.

“The only time we ever consider admitting students [this late] is in exceptional circumstances, if we have space, for instance if someone has just relocated to Pietermaritzburg and needs to put a child in school.”

The school accepted pupils in Grade 8 only in the rare event that pupils in senior classes left and places became available.

Pillay said that during the registration period (May to October), about 500 pupils would compete for 200 openings at his school.

He said the school had completed its preparations for this year, including registration and stationery. “We are now just waiting for pupils.”

Other school principals said they also had not experienced a rush for registration.

They said registration closed months ago, but there were still a few parents who had overlooked the registration date.

Education Department spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa told The Witness yesterday that the parents seemed to have complied with the registration deadlines.

“We had a massive registration campaign awareness last year to encourage early registration because we want the first day of school to be the day to begin learning and not to be the day to take care of admin work,” he said.

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