MEC announces school registration period

2013-04-08 14:41

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Johannesburg - Parents of school-going children in Gauteng will have to finalise admissions earlier than usual.

On Monday, the province's Education MEC Barbara Creecy announced that admissions for the 2014 academic year would start on Tuesday.

Parents were encouraged to go to their nearest school to obtain application forms for pupils who wanted to start Grade 1 or Grade 8, with the relevant documents.

"Starting the admissions process in the second term will ensure all our schools are ready to operate from the first day of the 2014 schooling year. It will also ensure we are able to meet our constitutional obligation to place all those who need a place in a public school," said Creecy.

Schools would accept the completed application forms from 17 April until 21 May.

The department hoped to have opened 13 new schools by June.

A further nine schools were still under construction in preparation for the next year.

"Knowing the number of learners coming to schools in 2014 enables us to prepare early for school infrastructure, learner and teacher support material, and furniture."

Creecy said provision for unavoidable situations was made.

"This is meant to assist parents who due to emergency cases need space for January. But parents must remember that they won't be guaranteed to find space at this late stage in their preferred school. It is, therefore, important that any family, who intends moving to Gauteng in 2014, applies."

The department said the decision to implement a new registration period was made in consultation with school governing body associations.

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