Joburg schools told to increase class size

2012-10-30 10:03

Johannesburg - Schools in Johannesburg's northern suburbs have been told to increase their class sizes in 2013 to accommodate pupils who have not been placed, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Star newspaper reported that principals said they were told they had to meet the national standard of 40 pupils a class for primary schools and 35 pupils a class in high schools.

Principals met the education department three times last week to discuss the higher pupil ratios.

Gauteng education spokesperson Charles Phahlane told the newspaper it was untrue that schools were being coerced into taking more pupils than they could accommodate.

"[Schools have been] requested to admit and accept learners relative to the capacity that the school is built for," he said.

Kathy Callaghan, the secretary of the Governor's Alliance, a school governing body organisation, told the Star she attended one of the meetings and believed the department was trying to intimidate schools.

She said a problem with insisting on a ratio was that schools were of different sizes.

Democratic Alliance education spokesperson Khume Ramulifo told the newspaper the department was trying to get more pupils into schools.

"We are saying that if you want to increase class size, then provide those schools with facilities, textbooks, because all you are doing is putting pressure on teachers," he said.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-30 10:15

    Oh I am very happy indeed that my youngest is finishing up next year, no more of this horse shyte. Sorry for the young ones though, they'll be at the receiving end of our seriously inefficient schooling system.

      MagdaKus - 2012-10-30 10:44

      And closing inefficient few schools in Western Cape WHILE replacing them with new ones is worse how?

      JaredVN - 2012-10-30 10:54

      Will cANCer cadres and parasites send their own brats to these overcrowded schools?

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-30 13:48

      Even if they opened up new schools, there is no teachers to teach a nutshell our education system is screwed really!

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-10-30 14:39

      And here the white people go again.MOAN MOAN MOAN..Because they are pushing more black students into THEIR schools.. Its not your schools anymore people it belongs to the ANC....Accept it now please

  • PumaFred - 2012-10-30 10:21

    35-40 students per class is bloody ridiculous. This perpetuates poor teaching and kids get lost in the system

  • annerie.m.coetzee - 2012-10-30 10:36

    Once Again the ANC is in charge of destroying our schools!!!!!!!!!!!! One Teacher for 35 odd Learners.......?????????????? IS NOT WORKING, IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!

  • michelle.s.ashford - 2012-10-30 10:37

    If only our Government Officials would stop filling their back pockets and use our hard earned tax money to build more schools for our 51.8 million population and pay our teachers the salaries they deserve.

  • di.hingley - 2012-10-30 10:39

    I'm speechless for the first time in my life!!!!!!!

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-30 10:42

    Slowly but surely you are chasing teachers away!!!

  • bronwyn.yarr - 2012-10-30 10:45

    I will pay my last cent to get my child into a private school...this is ridiculous! Teachers cannot control pupils as it is!!

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-10-30 10:55

    Of course they would know how to build successful education parameters. Just look at the glowing track record since the "Born Free's" started school! Just another way to make sure that the ruling party keep the population from being able to make educated choices! Keep the next generation undereducated and the ANC can get away with murder, just like they do at present!

  • santoshmah - 2012-10-30 11:03

    And they still can't figure out why the previously disadvantaged are less educated.

  • arnold.niemand - 2012-10-30 11:06

    Its a classrooom and not a friggen taxi you idiots.

  • debduplessis - 2012-10-30 11:23

    as long as the parent of the child who is being "squeezed in" is paying the same as what I have to pay for my child(ren)

  • brendan.r.murphy.9 - 2012-10-30 11:32

    Typical, this does not solve the education problem. decrease the money in the pockets of ANC leaders and increase the amount of schools and increase the standards of education being provided. Create more technical colleges for pupils that are not exactly text book smart and provide them an opportunity to get a trade or skill!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-30 11:33

    as usual the ANC solution is to make the situation worse...soon the pass mark will be zero.

  • roma.arends - 2012-10-30 11:42

    poor teachers i don't what to be in your shoes.the teachers will be under so much pressure GO ON STICK NOW BEFORE YOU GET MORE CHILDREN

  • roma.arends - 2012-10-30 11:47

    wish the department of education must go to schools and teach this children before they make a decision that is way to much for one person to handle

  • vaaldonkie.visagie - 2012-10-30 12:08


  • Katriena.LaGrange - 2012-10-30 12:37

    The question is can one teacher handle round 60 children in her or his class did you think about that. With no discipline aloud in schools anymore, wellfare has taken it and made it nasty..... Its no longer disciplined children its disciplined parents and teachers. Children can do just as they please..... What is becoming of our younger generation.....

  • godesha - 2012-10-30 13:05

    Why not just build more schools, give the children textbooks and employ more teachers? Oh, but wait, that would mean less money for the fat cats to spend on entertainment, overseas trips, food, upgrading of their private houses.

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