Late registration headache

2016-01-14 06:00
 Education MEC Debbie Schaffer addressing young learners at Intshinga Primary School during the first day on Wednesday 13 January.  PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

Education MEC Debbie Schaffer addressing young learners at Intshinga Primary School during the first day on Wednesday 13 January. PHOTO: Mandla mahashe

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The Western Cape education department is ready for the 2016 school year even though late registrations are still a problem.

This was revealed by MEC Debbie Schaffer during an opening day visit at Intshinga Primary School in Gugulethu yesterday.

Schafer said that the department was good to go even though they are aware that many parents will again register their children late.

“We are as ready as can be. There are sufficient texts books and all schools are set to begin the learning process today. We are aware that there will be late registrations and we have prepared for them.

We know that many of the learners will be coming from other provinces and some are even expected to come at the end of the month,” she said. She said that the department was working hard to make sure that the latecomers are enrolled.

She urged parents to register learners as soon as possible and also revealed that the biggest culprits of late registrations were the Metro North district.

“The area which tends to give us problems with late registrations the most is the Metro North district in places such as Paarl, Strand, Mfuleni and areas such as Dunoon.

We urge parents to register the children and it may take some time but all the learners will be enrolled,” she added.

She did not report any major losses due to vandalism and break ins at school saying she will be received reports during the course of the week.

Parents trickled in at Intshinga looking for a place for their children.

Vuyokazi Vinqi, the school principal, said that a large number of parents have been on time this year.

“We have not received as high a number as before during the past two days. Usually we are inundated with registrations at this time. We have a few number but we still have some opening in some grades,” she said.

She said that the late registrations were disruptive to the learning process and that they planned to hit the ground running from day one.

“It’s very disruptive to have learned trickling at the end of the month. Parents still have the belief that not much learning takes place at the start of the year which is actually quite the opposite,” she explained.

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