CT schools almost full, enrol now

2015-09-22 06:00

Cape Town schools are almost full and the Western Cape Education Department urges parents to enrol children as soon as possible.

“To date, schools in the Western Cape have processed 128 545 applications for placement for the 2016 school year. So far, 118 429 learners have been placed,” said education minister Debbie Schäfer in a statement to the media last week.

“Parents were encouraged to apply to schools by 30 June, and those who now still need spaces at schools need to urgently approach their nearest schools or the closest district office to find out which schools still have spaces available,” she said.

“We cannot guarantee places in schools of choice, but will do our utmost to place children appropriately. It is crucial that parents who have failed to enrol their child for the 2016 school year to do so urgently and before the end of the third term to ensure that they secure a place for their child.”

Schäfer says there are currently 3 470 learners who have been accepted at more than one school.

“Some 2 257 of these learners are Grade 8 learners who have not confirmed if they are taking up their places,” she says.

“Moreover, we expect that learners will continue to migrate to the Western Cape from other provinces in search of a better education and access to opportunities. Each year we plan as best we can for the influx of additional learners from other provinces. The inward migration into the Western Cape has huge financial and planning implications, impacting on the provisioning of education resources and the overall management of the system,” she says.

“We have to prioritise according to the greatest need across the whole province, and available budget. Our current budget is under considerable pressure.”

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