590 Western Cape pupils not placed

2012-09-27 11:46

Cape Town - About 590 Western Cape pupils still need to be placed in a schools next year, the Cape Times reported on Thursday.

The newspaper reported that the provincial education department was trying to place these pupils, largely in Grade 1 and Grade 8, in schools across all districts.

Enrolment ended on September 7 and some parents said they had been unable to find places for their children.

"The department will try and accommodate pupils as appropriately as possible. We cannot guarantee places in schools of choice," spokesperson Paddy Attwell said.

He said the department expected to enrol more than 105 000 pupils for Grade 1 next year and about 80 000 for Grade 8.

According to the report, about a million pupils would probably attend schools in the province next year.

The department planned to build 26 new schools over a three-year period and to refurbish 420 schools.

  • di.hingley - 2012-09-27 11:57

    590 students not placed is not to bad...they will get in to schools before school starts next year...I remember more than 11000 students needing schools in one district about 3/4 years ago ........

  • werner.niksch - 2012-09-27 11:59

    really?the person who wrote this is a qualified "reported"?

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-09-27 12:03

    in comparison to how many children need to be placed in schools in the other provinces... eg Limpopo?

      gavisto - 2012-09-27 12:11

      DA is failing black children...people must wake up and see them for the racists they are...I'll vote 4 anything but DA

      Bfoq.Za - 2012-09-27 12:23

      So because the DA has proven to be a non bias, capable, competent an transparent government it makes them racists? Wow! You go darling. Why do you think the Western Cape is inundated? Because their schools actually deliver! Oh yea the shining example of Limpopo where kids were waiting for books in June still! That is not racist? Oh yea, that is the competence of the AA , BEE and equity powered non racist government. Wow! Awesome!

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-27 12:31

      gavisto was "educated" in Zimpoopoo Province.

      alex.marshall.944023 - 2012-09-27 12:41

      Oh the humanity, 590 not yet place in September 2012 for the school year 2013! How can this be allowed. I mean in Limpopo the textbooks have not yet arrived for 2012 and it is September but the DA yet to place pupils for next year. Something must be done! Gavisto, you are either a troll or a very weak willed individual with a less than average IQ to believe the DA is failing black children... What exactly is the ANC doing for black children if you consider this a failure? Crimes against humanity perhaps? Sounds good to me.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-27 13:38

      I hate people who argue subjectively where facts are readily available, this myth that people are flocking to the Cape must come to a close. I for one was educated in Cape and me and most of varsity colleagues relocated to Gauteng because that’s where real professionals are based! If we were to use your argument then 2million wouldn’t find school places in Gauteng. Look at the figures for a change, how many people migrated to Gauteng last year? Compare with Cape Town, come on guys lets be factual for a change. Politicians fail from both sides be it ANC or DA and there is no way I will support failure from either side, worse from the DA because being the opposition they have ample time to get their house in-order and have favourable media reports! Am shocked to note that people are not concerned with schools that were closed in Cape Town, remember there are some disorderly parents who will only start looking for places after the December holidays and contigency plans must be in place to cater for this bunch!

      frank.desumi - 2012-09-27 14:01

      @ gavisto - For this reason I dont feel sorry for Black people anymore. If you are happy to be abused by the black elite because of your hatred for white people then it is your destiny to stay poor and stupid. I always refer the poor "comrades" that knock at my door for a hand-out to their "commander and thief" Zipper.Go ask Him, u voted for him.Good Luck.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-27 12:15

    Unfortunately the Cape has had to deal with a lot of parents from other provinces that have no choice but to use the only really functional education facilities in the country, This just highlights the effects of the ANC's continued failure.

  • sithembiso.dlalisa - 2012-09-27 12:27

    hahahahaha...I just like it when people make excuses for the Western Cape Gvmnt. Let us not come up with excuses why this is happening, lets wait for the end result then we can voice our opinions...

      lsfreak - 2012-09-27 13:03

      Why does the truth hurt Sithembiso...

      Erna - 2012-09-27 13:50

      Let's wait and see how many children aren't placed in the other provinces before you comment.

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-09-27 14:40

      When will we in this country recognise and applaud competence from wherever it comes? We will go down together whether we are black or white, we have a common destiny.

      tobydt - 2012-09-27 20:02

      Because of all the refugees from the ECape.

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-09-27 12:29

    How's this for transparency? Cudos to the DA for being hones and upfront. At least these kids will have handbooks and stationery when the schools re-open in January. Why? There is a COMPETENT, CARING, TRANSPARENT, HONEST and NON RACIST government in the Western Cape

      Erna - 2012-09-27 13:51

      I can guarantee you that they'll have a place in class, with books, with stationery!

  • whites.mustunite - 2012-09-27 12:29

    And in the province of Zimpoopoo 59000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 students still need to be placed.

      Erna - 2012-09-27 13:52

      In Limpopo they haven't even started enrolling the children yet for 2013 - still too busy providing books for 2012.

  • roger.freeman.7505 - 2012-09-27 12:37

    Just remember that this is their figure now. Even with the proactive planning the Western Cape Government is implementing, Sadly come day 1 of the new school year you will have thousands of new migrants from EC and Beyond

  • tobydt - 2012-09-27 19:56

    Meanwhile.. 11,000 teachers have been let go in the ECape.

  • DSBennie - 2012-09-28 07:53

    Beaumont Primary School in Somerset West has been given seven new classrooms to accommodate 240 extra students next year as part of the Provinces program to place children in expanded functioning well run schools

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