Late enrolments, annual issue

2018-01-25 06:00

LONG queues outside school gates and in foyers is an annual issue on the South Coast.

Parents and guardians are always made aware by schools and the Department of Education that applications open early in the third term. Some schools even take applications in the fourth term, however, parents still fail to meet those deadlines.

Some parents may argue and say schools in the semi- urban and rural areas say their figures are only determined at the end of forth term, so the best time to apply and register new pupils is three days before schools open.

According to the local education department, the deadline for new enrolments was October 31, 2017.

A parent outside a school because towards the end of the fourth term she went to the school and was told to come back three days before schools open, and only then they can enrol her child.

On Tuesday, a day before schools opened, queues were not getting shorter and some parents are told to bring removal letters from their children’s previous schools.

A parent living in Gamalakhe, originally from the Eastern Cape has been turned back twice because she has no removal letter from the previous school.

“My child was enrolled at this school in 2016. I took him to another school in 2017 in the Eastern Cape as I had to go back home due to some illness.

“This year I am back in Gamalakhe.

I resumed work, there is no one to look after him back home.

The school refuses to register my child without a removal letter.

“In the Eastern Cape they will only fax the letter later this week, does this mean my child will stay at home until I receive this letter?” asked the parent.

The Department of Education was contacted for comment, but none had been received at the time of going to print..

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