Parents struggling with late registrations

2015-01-14 13:23

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - Parents holding young children milled around school entrances in Pretoria central in a bid to secure places as the inland school year began on Wednesday.

- Share your children's back-to-school snaps with us and have them featured in our gallery on Parent24 and News24. E-mail here.

Some parents were agitated after being turned away from schools across the city in the rainy weather.

"I don't believe these schools genuinely don't have spaces for our kids. I have been to six schools this week and they all seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet like a choir," said Koketso Mothirha as she parked outside Hamilton Primary School.

She was seeking a Grade 1 vacancy for her son Samuel.

Mothirha, a travel agent, said she had recently moved into Pretoria from Bloemfontein.

"I do not know what I will do. I have the money and I want to pay in full. I had made arrangements for my son to attend school in Bloemfontein, but we are here because I have to work," said the mother of two.

Along Thabo Sehume Street in the city centre, Joseph Ncube was contemplating taking his two sons to a township school around 30km away.

"I've been turned away from virtually every school around town. I have been searching for a place since last year. It will be difficult financially to support my children's transport, but do I have options?"

Across town, principal of Dansa International College, Marelize de Bruin, had her hands full as Grade 1 pupils streamed in with parents in tow.

"It is the beginning of what will be a very good learning year for us. I am new at this school and am very happy to welcome all the learners," De Bruin said.

Her office had been inundated with inquiries from parents seeking places for their children.

"That is a huge problem. All our school grades have been full since August last year. We cannot take any more new pupils. We really want to help, but we can't," she said.

"The message of early registration of pupils is always repeated. Schools cannot wait for the first day of school to take in students. At this stage we are prioritising teaching the pupils we have."

Immigration trends

Due to immigration trends, Dansa International College had pupils from cities across Africa.

"You can name an African country, we have the students here. Some struggle with language initially but children do catch up quickly. They will soon be fluent in English," De Bruin said.

Parents were excited as their children settled into the new well-decorated and furnished classrooms. Many used cellphones to take photos of their children. A Grade 1 teacher, introduced to the class as Ms Chidanire, took charge of her classroom.

Some parents were still buying school uniforms and stationery across Pretoria on Wednesday morning.

"It's about the availability of money. There was no money, until today. My children will unfortunately have to start school on Thursday. There was nothing I could do," Thembani Mthethwa said as she came out of Jet Mart.

Paperless education

Gauteng government officials announced a paperless education project in Tembisa on Wednesday. Boitumelong Secondary School was one of seven Gauteng township schools where children will learn on tablet computers.

The project was unveiled by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, and Gauteng Premier David Makhura.

The provincial department hopes to roll the project out to all Gauteng township and rural schools by the end of the 2017/2018 financial year, at an estimated cost of R17bn.

All high school children would be provided with a tablet computer. Grade 7 pupils in primary schools would be trained to use the devices.

Read more on:    polokwane  |  johannesburg  |  education

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.