All Gr. R classes full

2018-01-31 06:01

While parents in the Frances Baard District are still awaiting a call from the Northern Cape Department of Education regarding the placement of their children in Gr. R, the department has dropped the bombshell that it has done all it could.

These parents are urged to seek space and enrol their children at community-based sites.

The department has confirmed that it is now under pressure to place the 302 unplaced Gr. 1 and Gr. 8 learners in ordinary public schools in Frances Baard.

This, according to Geoffrey van der Merwe, media liaison officer to the MEC for Education, is due to requests from parents to transfer their child from one school to another.

“Thus far there are 251 learners in need of placement, who requested to be transferred,” reveals Van der Merwe.

The department is currently at a different stage of enga­ging schools to assess the need for additional learning and teaching support materials, as well as school furniture.

By last week parents and learners were still queueing at the district office, doing follow-up on their ­application for the alternative placement.

That was after promises had been made that they would be contacted, while the district department was in the process of continuing where it had left off after the office had closed in December 2017.

The department further points out that the number of spaces available at primary and high schools in the Frances Baard District for Gr. 1 and Gr. 8 have been evaluated, and hope to finalise all placements by the end of this week.

Geoffrey van der Merwe, media liaison officer to the MEC for ­Education, has lauded the progress that has been made over the past two weeks in the placement of learners, including new late admissions at the district offices.

Parents who have not being contacted yet are requested to visit the district office to ensure their contact details are updated after efforts of contacting them failed.

One parent, Lydia Gaoagwe, has been left frustrated that her Gr. 8 daughter was not placed at the same school her older brother attends.

“I do not understand this issue of not meeting the criteria that they refer to in my letter of regret, ­because I stay closer to the school and have another child there, but they refuse her space,” says Gaoa­gwe.

“The department is failing (to give) my child the right to education, as they continue to send me from pillar to post.

“I went to the school to enquire if there was space and the school refused to give me an answer and refered me to the department.

“Upon arrival at the district office, I was told to continue checking with the school whether there were any extractions.”

The frustrated mother complains that meanwhile her child stays at home, as she cannot go to register in Galeshewe because she does not know the Tswana language.

“This back and forth thing also causes the child to not trust me; like, she came with me to the department today to hear for herself.

“Now she is forced to watch as her peers going to school on a daily basis while we are awaiting her placement. It will also not be in her advantage to take her to a school in Galeshewe because of language issues.”


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