Late registrations keep KZN schools busy

2016-01-13 10:25

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Pietermaritzburg - Schools across the city have been inundated with late registrations and last-minute preparations as pupils return to the classroom on Wednesday.

Staff at city schools such as Scottsville Primary and Forest Hills Primary yesterday said the days leading up to the first day of school have been “hectic” with calls, visits and last-minute registrations.

An official at Scottsville Primary, who asked not to be named, said the school had been “extremely busy” yesterday with late admissions and preparations for the start of school.

The official said although applications for 2016 had closed in April last year, parents who had relocated to different areas or wanted to change the school their child was in had been calling and visiting yesterday.

Forest Hill Primary School principal Roslyn Barnes said yesterday, however, that this year had seen an improvement in the number of last-minute applications for the school.

“It is not that parents do not have schools to send their children to. A lot of the parents who are making late admissions have relocated or want a school that is central.”

She said the school was “all systems go” for the new academic year, and was pleased at how smoothly the process had gone this year.

The KZN Education Department said in a press statement sent yesterday that they were “combat-ready for the opening of schools”.

The department’s spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said in the release they were ready before the end of the 2015 academic year, and had put everything in place to ensure that the first day of school in 2016 ran smoothly.

He said the school admission inquiries they were mainly dealing with are those relating to parents who have relocated and those have been transferred from one place to another.

In the statement, KZN Education Department MEC Peggy Nkonyeni urged all schools to ensure teaching and learning takes place “on the first minute of the 2016 academic year”.

The KZN Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Department MEC, Willies Mchunu, called on law enforcement teams to intensify operations targeting vehicles transporting pupils.

He urged people to ensure they adhere to all safety standards or risk being suspended. He said enforcement operations would be launched across the province to ensure compliance.

“Safety of pupils is our priority and we appeal for maximum co-operation from all stakeholders,” Mchunu said in the statement.

He warned drivers of the consequences of the Imbali crash early last year which claimed the lives of eight children and appealed to communities to prevent a similar incident occurring in the future.

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THE ANC in KZN yesterday called on parents to play a significant role in monitoring the performance of their children and teachers to ensure that the quality of education is improved in the province.

“We are aware that some schools are not performing as expected and that has far reaching implications when pupils reach matric. We therefore call on parents to constantly monitor their children’s performance and intervene timeously when things go wrong.

“Parents should also monitor the performance of teachers and report them to the relevant authorities if they fail to execute their duties diligently,” said ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma.

“Proper monitoring will ensure that problems are detected while they are still in embryonic stages and fixed immediately. This will see us achieving better matric results. We expect improved matric results this year.” — WR.

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