Parents question process for school admission

2017-08-23 06:00

It is questioned whether the Northern Cape Department of Education is on track with the 2018 learner admission process.

The department states that the first phase of this process has been completed and school principals have identified the successful and unsuccessful applicants.

This is according to Geoffrey van der Merwe of the province’s Department of Education.

But parents are singing a different tune following the seemingly smooth process.

Some have not even been contacted by schools about whether their children were accepted or rejected.

According to Van der Merwe, this process is supposed to have already happened and schools should have informed parents via SMS or a letter about the outcome of applications.

In case of a child being ac- cepted, parents were supposed to have accepted or declined the offer by Friday (18/08).

The department stated that the follow-up process is now underway for those parents who have not yet accepted or declined the offer.

“Schools are currently updating their information based on the feedback from parents. This process should be completed by Friday (25/08) if all parents adhere to the time frames,” he said.

He urged parents or legal guardians of a learner who has been refused admission to a public school, in terms of Section 5(9) of the South African Schools Act 84 of 1996, to appeal against the decision to the MEC of Education within seven days.

The second phase of the admission process runs from Monday (28/08) to 30 September, when the district admission team will coordinate with principals to facilitate the placement of all learners who applied within the application period in schools where there is space available. Districts will finalise the placement of late applications from 1 October to 30 November.

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