“With the first week of the schooling we have manage to reduce the 58 000 number of learners who were not place by 18 000. As it stands, we have managed to reduce that list to 7 092 of which 3 930 are Grade 1 and 3 162 are from Grade 8,” said MEC Lesufi.
Lesufi said the department was doing all it could to ensure that the overflow of pupils in the province was accommodated and no learner would be without a school.
The Department has however received further 12 821 completely new applications through walk-ins at the admission centres of which 7 820 are for Grade 1 and 5 001 for Grade 8, which adds up to 19 913 combining the online and walk-ins applications.
MEC Lesufi assures the parents of the learners that applied online that their application would be prioritised.
“The Department is prioritising placement of learners that applied online and where there is adequate space, parents that have walked in will be accommodated,” said MEC Lesufi
MEC Lesufi further indicated that late applications have also added to the delay of placement of the learners.
“The department received more than 70 000 online applications after the deadline of the 1 June 2016 passed,” added Lesufi
To alleviate pressure, the department is implementing the following interventions:
- Total of 603 Alternative Construction Technology classrooms to accommodate the learners in the high pressure schools will be delivered.
- Schools are using Libraries, Halls and Specialist Rooms as learning spaces in the interim.
- Single medium schools in high pressure areas are accommodating all learners.
- Neighboring schools are sharing unplaced learners.
- Districts are facilitating cross-border transfers where applicable.
- Where schools cannot accommodate learners, the department will introduce transport to the closest schools with spaces.