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2018-11-07 06:03
The MEC for Education, Martha BartlettPhoto: Boipelo Mere

The MEC for Education, Martha BartlettPhoto: Boipelo Mere

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The Northern Cape Department of Education is making an effort to minimise endless queues of desperate parents and learners for placement at schools throughout the province by releasing its placement results.

According to the department, at least 314 Gr. R learners were not placed and will not get placement for the 2019 school academic year in the Frances Baard District at public ordinary schools due to shortage of space.

Parents of these learners are already urged to opt to apply to community sites and independent schools as the Northern Cape Department of Education does not make any promises of any additional absorption.

In the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) District, 130 Gr. R learners are without a school while the ZF Mgcawu District is left with 169 unplaced learners.

According to the department, the Office of MEC Martha Bartlett received a total of 392 appeals which range from Gr. R to Gr. 12, of which the majority do not qualify in terms of the criteria.

Geoffrey van der Merwe, spokesperson, says some of the appeals are from parents who did not even apply to any school in the province while some are from parents whose children are hopping between schools.

Responses to parents who appealed, are promised to be released by 30 November in completion of the placement process.

Relocation of parents seeking employment, school hoppers and the limited number of English classes, are reported to being the major challenges in the JTG District, the Frances Baard District and the ZF Mgcawu District.

Placement of learners are also hampered by parental choice for space at a certain school.

“As a department we cannot guarantee a school of choice, but every learner will be placed in a school where school space exists,” the department warned.

The Northern Cape Department of Education received a total of 20 755 learner admission applications for the 2019 school academic year.

A total of 12 012 applications were for Gr. R to Gr. 12 in English and 8 743 applications for Gr. R to Gr. 12 in Afrikaans.

Sufficient school places do exist to accommodate all the learners in the Namakwa and the Pixley ka Seme District.

To date a total of 18 904 learners were placed with an outstanding number of 1 851 learners still to be placed.

According to the departmental breakdown, 301 English Gr. 1 learners in the JTG District will be placed at the New Wrenchville Primary School that will open in January.

Altogether 247 Gr. 1 English learners were placed in the Frances Baard District, with 33 in Afrikaans classes.

Altogether 442 Gr. 8 English learners were placed in the Frances Baard District.

In the ZF Mgcawu District 123 Gr. 1 and 261 Gr. 8 learners, plus an additional 362 learners from other grades, were placed.

Altogether 82 English and 67 Afrikaans Gr. 8 learners in the JTG District were placed.

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