590 Western Cape pupils not placed

2012-09-27 11:46


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Cape Town - About 590 Western Cape pupils still need to be placed in a schools next year, the Cape Times reported on Thursday.

The newspaper reported that the provincial education department was trying to place these pupils, largely in Grade 1 and Grade 8, in schools across all districts.

Enrolment ended on September 7 and some parents said they had been unable to find places for their children.

"The department will try and accommodate pupils as appropriately as possible. We cannot guarantee places in schools of choice," spokesperson Paddy Attwell said.

He said the department expected to enrol more than 105 000 pupils for Grade 1 next year and about 80 000 for Grade 8.

According to the report, about a million pupils would probably attend schools in the province next year.

The department planned to build 26 new schools over a three-year period and to refurbish 420 schools.

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