Parents still need reminding to register kids the year before

2012-01-12 00:00

LATE registration by parents and the non-delivery of learning materials delayed many schools in KZN yesterday on the first day of the school year.

KZN Parents' Association chair, Sayed Rajack, said parents still needed reminding to register their children the year before, and not on their first day of school.

While Sanzwili Primary in Dambuza say they did not have much of a problem with late registration, according to deputy principal Momsie Nzimande, Woodlands Primary had a nightmare to find space for parents coming late to register.

The school's secretary, Luella Joubert said, "I need new shoes and new feet. I mean, we sent out notifications, but parents don't respond. However, we managed to put some on the waiting list and we will inform them when there is space available."

Meanwhile National Teachers' Union (Natu) deputy president Allen Thompson welcomed the fact that most teachers were at school, although it had been difficult to find replacements for pregnant teachers, especially in maths and science.

He said most schools opened, but many did not start teaching because of the lack of books. "We have been informed by some schools that they have even phoned the service provider Edu Solutions to find out when they are going to get their stationery.

The answer from Edu Solutions is that they will only be able to provide it in three weeks," said Thompson.

He said another problem is that teachers will only be trained to teach the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (Caps) by the end of February," said Thompson.

Attempts to get a comment from the South African Teachers' Union were unsuccessful.

KZN Education Department spokesperson Mbali Thusi said there was a delay in the grades that are implementing Caps because the national department was late in issuing the book catalogue so they could not order the books in time, however, the rest of the necessary books have been delivered.

"The rest of the country has been affected by this, particularly grades 1, 2, 3 and 10 that would be implementing Caps," she said.

She said by next week Friday all the schools should have their books.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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