Joburg schools told to increase class size

2012-10-30 10:03

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Johannesburg - Schools in Johannesburg's northern suburbs have been told to increase their class sizes in 2013 to accommodate pupils who have not been placed, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Star newspaper reported that principals said they were told they had to meet the national standard of 40 pupils a class for primary schools and 35 pupils a class in high schools.

Principals met the education department three times last week to discuss the higher pupil ratios.

Gauteng education spokesperson Charles Phahlane told the newspaper it was untrue that schools were being coerced into taking more pupils than they could accommodate.

"[Schools have been] requested to admit and accept learners relative to the capacity that the school is built for," he said.

Kathy Callaghan, the secretary of the Governor's Alliance, a school governing body organisation, told the Star she attended one of the meetings and believed the department was trying to intimidate schools.

She said a problem with insisting on a ratio was that schools were of different sizes.

Democratic Alliance education spokesperson Khume Ramulifo told the newspaper the department was trying to get more pupils into schools.

"We are saying that if you want to increase class size, then provide those schools with facilities, textbooks, because all you are doing is putting pressure on teachers," he said.

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