Parents told to register schoolchildren on time

2012-09-05 00:00

IT is all parents’ duty to make sure that they register their children at public schools by October 31.

The MEC for Education, Senzo ­Mchunu, said this yesterday at the “learner admission campaign” launch at Newton High School.

Schools governing bodies (SGBs) and school principals were among the delegates.

Mchunu said it was the department’s responsibility to ensure that pupils between the ages of seven and 15 were in school.

He emphasised that by October 31 midnight all schools’ admissions should have been finalised.

He appealed to SGB chairpersons, principals, school management teams and the community to work together in achieving this goal.

He said some of the principals were not up to 100% enrolment and called on SGB members to “fill up the gap”.

“Our main objective and the actual gist of the matter is that come first day of the academic new year 2013, first hour, first minute and first second, we start teaching.”

He said he didn’t want any pupil losing even a day of learning because they were cutting grass when schools reopened. He spoke out against the late distribution of books and said schools must be well staffed and that teaching must start on time.

“Forget about children walking long distances. We know that we’re dealing with it on the side.”

Even if they walked 10 km to school, they must be school on time.

Mchunu said the department would provide buses once it had the money.

“If you mess it on the first day then you’re messed up.”

“Do you think we can produce engineers, medical doctors and technicians when children come late?”

He spoke out against absenteeism, violence and bickering between teachers and parents.

Mchunu said parents preferred better performing schools for their children, which caused overcrowding at some schools. They need to strike a balance.

The head of the department, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, and the head of curriculum, Edward Mosuwe, should make sure that all schools had textbooks and that the books were delivered on time, said Mchunu.

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