KZN schools still helping parents place some pupils

2017-01-18 06:01

THE KZN Department of Education (DoE) has admitted that there are some pupils­ who have not yet been placed in either primary and
secondary schools.

Despite the academic calendar beginning yesterday with most children starting the new school year across the province, this is not the case for some, who are yet to be placed and there are various reasons why this has happened.

DoE spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said one of the main concerns for the placement delays are matters relating to parents relocating.

“Even though I do not have the exact number at this stage, I do know that towards the end of 2016, district directors and district chairpersons of admission committees reported that they were dealing with a few cases of pupils who needed to be admitted,” Mlotshwa said.

However, Mlotshwa said the education department will be able to give a full report in terms of placement and other related issues next week.

“Members of the legislature have been deployed across the province starting from today to evaluate, among other issues, admission.

“Usually we are able to identify issues during the first three days,’’ he said. We discourage parents coming at the 11th hour seeking admission for their children.

“But in some cases it’s beyond their control, so we urge parents who might be struggling with placement to visit their district offices,” he said.

Admission is not only a concern for basic education, it is also a concern for higher education as thousands of matriculants are struggling to enter at tertiary level with space availability another concern.

Mlotshwa remained optimistic about the department’s readiness for the 2017 academic year.

“Each and every year, we see an improvement regarding parents who register their children on time, and we attribute that to our advocacy programmes and campaigns,” he said.

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