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Dept urges early school enrolment

2010-08-11 21:44

Cape Town - Western Cape pupils must enrol early for the 2011 school year or else they may not get into the school of their choice, the Western Cape education department said on Wednesday.

"Parents should enrol early if their children are changing schools or if they are starting primary or high school... If they don't, they may find their schools of choice are full," department spokesperson Bronagh Casey said in a statement.

Casey advised parents to enrol before the end of the third term on September 23, as many schools were already full and had closed admissions for 2011.

Early enrolments would help the department prepare for the year ahead by making plans based on how many children were in school.

The department wanted to ensure every child had a place in school and was receiving a quality education.

Parents were advised to first approach the schools of their choice directly.

If they encountered problems they could phone the enrolment helpline for assistance and the department would work with parents and schools to identify open places.

The department could not guarantee a place at a parent's first school choice.

A campaign was launched at the end of July targeted at parents in rapidly growing communities in greater Cape Town and the Southern Cape, who the department expected to enrol late.

Late enrolments were also expected by pupils who migrate from other provinces.

Parents could phone the Western Cape enrolment helpline on 0800-200-506.