Late applicants dog schools on opening day

2012-01-18 11:23

Johannesburg - Late applications for school places dogged opening day in five provinces on Wednesday.

"They still have the belief that registration will happen on day one," said Panyaza Lesufi, spokesperson for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Motshekga and her deputy Enver Surty paid surprise visits to two schools in Bela Bela, Limpopo, and were pleased with their state of readiness in terms of text books and starting on time, he said.

"We were quite impressed when we arrived that schooling started on the first minute," said Lesufi.

However, there were crowds of people arriving for the first time to get a place for their children.

"There was a sudden surge coming out of the deep rural areas to schools closer to town, and the numbers are still huge. There are almost 150 camping outside to get a place," he said.

Other than that, all appeared to be going smoothly.

Schools not allowed to refuse pupils’ entry

The department would help "rescue" schools which had not put in textbook orders in September, as was required.

For parents without money, he reiterated that schools were not allowed to refuse pupils entry because their parents had not paid fees.

"School must punish the parents, not the learners," he said.

Children must go into their classes and start learning and schools must deal with the parents separately.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was pleased with what she saw at Cosmos Primary School, spokesperson Xoli Mgambi said.

She arrived around 06:15 and found that children were already arriving for their first day.


Mokonyane gave underprivileged children uniforms and later addressed the school's assembly.

She then moved to Cosmos Secondary School for talks with its principal and the school governing body.
Gauteng had anticipated problems with late admissions for Grade One and Grade Eight.

Grade One admissions were affected by the growing numbers of Grade R classes in primary schools, which meant children were automatically registered for Grade One, leaving few spaces for other pupils.

Urbanisation and parents preferring to send their children to schools outside townships also created problems at admission time.

"In some instances parents in their quest for perceived better quality education, insist on having their children placed in schools that have already reached their capacity," the department of basic education said in an earlier statement.

Teacher readiness

In North West, Premier Thandi Modise issued a statement saying the improvement in last year's matric results was heartening and should be further improved this year.

MEC for human settlements, public safety and liaison Desbo Mohono would visit a number of schools in the Bloemhof and Taung areas to assess the extent of storm damage.

In some schools which did not have storage facilities, workbooks and textbooks ordered last year would be delivered by the end of January.

Teacher readiness in Mpumalanga was one of the key matters of concern to the department.

The province would receive first priority in the training of teachers. This was scheduled to take place before the end of the month.

Textbook deliveries and late admissions were also expected to dog Free State schools.

  • Lorenzo - 2012-01-18 11:39


  • Mangoplanet - 2012-01-18 11:43

    Planning people, planning!!! If you care just a little about your child's education, you will apply in time. WTF. I cannot believe people can be so reckless about their children's future. And then they will have the audacity to blame the education department because there is no place in the school for the poor child.

  • Leon - 2012-01-18 11:49

    Teacher readiness in Mpumalanga was one of the key matters of concern to the department. The province would receive first priority in the training of teachers. This was scheduled to take place before the end of the month." So pray tell us, what are the kids doing at school in the mean time??

  • Bryan - 2012-01-18 11:50

    Only in Africa but then I guess it's Apartheids fault.... Like everything else!!!

      Mr C - 2012-01-18 11:56

      you got it! Its ALL apartheids fualt...

      Deon - 2012-01-18 12:15

      No it is the struggle's fault: "Liberation before education". No wonder some are trying to keep the struggle going. They will struggle another 500 years.

  • Sechaba - 2012-01-18 11:52

    why apply for school admission on the day when classes should be resuming????? i mean applications were opened from Septermber 2011

      Morakane - 2012-01-18 12:19

      These parents are wreckless! The children of these parents will be the same ones to register late for university and think they can stampede through the gates and get what they want. It all starts from an early age. NO LATE APPLICATIONS. Full stop.

  • KCorsar - 2012-01-18 12:07

    Some many other 'impoverished' African states have free basis education through the primary years, so whay not SA. With amongst the highest GDP on the continent this should be a basic right; instead of willful misapproriated funds as recently reported, Im sure R25bn could have educated and housed a great many citizens. Education is a cornerstone of future prosperity, without it this country is going to fail.

      Pieter - 2012-01-18 12:26

      If most of the money isn't wasted, squandered and stolen, maybe it could happen.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-18 12:27

      Or try skip a party. If they did, assuming school fees of R5,000 per year per child, they could have educated 80,000 children for a year or put around 11,500 children through seven years of primary school. But why would we skip an opportunity to party?

      Bryan - 2012-01-18 13:01

      With 30% average needed to pass matric..... This country has already failed..Case closed!!!!!

  • agueorguiev - 2012-01-18 13:00

    and still no mention that more public schools will be built in Midrand. There are more private than public schools. I wonder who thought that this overpopulated and overdeveloped place would only house the rich...

  • lizelle.plowes - 2012-01-18 13:01

    If the ministers stop abusing their budgets,and have them cut a little then free schooling is possible. I agree with the Minister that the parents must be punished for not paying shool fees. If you cannot afford it, then apply for relief. Also we need to go back to the time when you were only able to enrol your children in the area where you live. That will solve the problem of people trying to enroll their children in schools that were already full.

  • Morakane - 2012-01-18 14:23

    @ Pieter many countries in Afrika have free basic education and those countries are poorer than us.In my mind too few tax payers is not the problem. With our current GDP we could afford to send kids to school for free. Instead Government chooses to prioritise differently i.e. miss-use of funds, luxury cars etc. @ Herman in deed I agree with you on the not enrolling on time part, that has definately gotta stop. I just dont see how that ties into your first statement about consumers demanding and wanting free stuff, hence I wrote free basic education is not unthinkable.

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