30 new Gauteng schools in 2012

2011-12-10 12:01

Johannesburg - Thirty new schools will open in January to ease the pressure on existing schools, the Gauteng department of education said on Friday.

The department met school governing body (SGB) associations on Friday following a court ruling on school admissions, spokesperson Charles Phahlane said in a statement.

"The SGB formations raised a number of concerns relating to pressures for admissions to former Model C schools as well as the concerns relating to interactions between departmental officials and staff," he said.

Phahlane said the department was currently dealing with appeals from children who had not been able to find places in the schools of their choice.

It would deal with late registrations on January 3, he said.

On Wednesday, the South Gauteng High Court ruled that SGBs in Gauteng did not have unqualified power to determine admission policy at state schools.

It found that the provincial education department had the final say.

The Rivonia Primary School and its SGB took the Gauteng education department to court after it intervened when a child was refused entry to the predominantly white school, which has the lowest class numbers in its affluent area.

Phahlane said the court ruling did not change the current schools admissions process, which has been underway since August.

  • George - 2011-12-10 12:59

    Ok, now where are you going to get that many educated teachers to fill these posts. Sounds like 30 more schools where no one gets educated as usual. However they will pass with an anc distingtion

      Paul - 2011-12-10 18:03

      Your spelling does not say much for your education, but then again your race makes you interlectually superior.

      andre.sunnasy - 2011-12-10 20:54

      "interlectually(sic) superior distingtion(sic)"

  • Shirley - 2011-12-10 13:10

    30 new schools with ill equipped teachers who spend half the year striking!

  • Chris - 2011-12-10 13:12

    They should name the schools and say where they are situated.How much was the establishment costs,how many teachers they have appointed ,the budgeted running costs and the numbers of learners catered for.In other words an in detail Capital and Running Cost budget. If they do have a 5year capital budget it means that we are talking about 150 new schools within the next five years?Do we train enough quality teachers in the process and do our training facilities have the capacity for training?

  • Amanda-Leigh - 2011-12-10 13:12

    I would looove to know WHERE these schools are going to be built, considering that most of our schools are inundated with pupils NOT in the feeder areas.

  • kathy.strehler - 2011-12-10 13:13

    Where the heck are the teachers for 30 new schools going to come from??

  • Howard - 2011-12-10 13:44

    Good start.We will train the trainers

  • Deeteem - 2011-12-10 13:47

    Built using cardboard ? Nobody can build 30 brick & mortar schools by january unless it is january 2015

  • Irene - 2011-12-10 16:25

    Open as many schools as you like but without sorting out the quality of education it's all a bit pointless. Rather start with getting decent teachers ie. like those that studied 6 years for a teaching diploma and were dedicated teachers, instead of the current bunch who study for 2 years and are only interested in their pay cheque.

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