More than 11 000 pupils yet to be placed in Western Cape schools

About 11 200 pupils in the Western Cape are still searching for schools, according to the Western Cape department of education.

The problem can be attributed to the “constant relocation” of pupils from other provinces, the department’s spokesperson Paddy Attwell said on Monday.

“Our district officials completed their planning in the third term of last year, but the constant stream of learners from other provinces to the Western Cape complicated things.

“About 130 000 learners from other provinces and 2 000 learners from other countries have relocated to the Western Cape and we’re expecting more learners by the end of February,” said Attwell.

The department has made arrangements for pupils who have not yet been placed in a school.

“We’re currently installing 230 mobile classrooms in schools, but because we could only order last year due to budgetary requirements – this will only be completed by the end of February,” explained Attwell.

Countrywide problem

DA spokesperson on basic education Nomsa Marchesi said Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schafer was working with the national Department of Basic Education to ensure that pupils are placed in schools.

The Western Cape is not the only province struggling with unregistered pupils.

“This is not just a Western Cape problem, it happens all over the country, especially in Gauteng. There is simply a lack of infrastructure and schools to accommodate all the learners,” said Marchesi.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi announced on January 7 2017, that more than 30 000 pupils applying for grades one to eight had not been placed.

READ MORE: Thousands of schoolgoers left stranded 

The department’s spokesperson, Steve Mabona, was not immediately available to give an update on that figure.

KwaZulu-Natal’s department of education is yet to determine how many pupils have not been placed in schools.

‘Working around the clock’

“It is an ongoing process so we can’t pre-empt the number of students who have not yet been placed,” said spokesperson Kwazi Mthethwa.

“Since KZN is the most improved province in terms of matric results, learners from other provinces are coming here because everyone wants to be on the winning team. We can only ask parents to be patient,” Mthethwa told News24.

The Eastern Cape department of education is also uncertain about the number of pupils not yet placed in schools.

“It is unclear at this stage. We are currently placing Grade 1 and 2 learners as they come in so it is an ongoing process,” said the department’s district manager, Edgar Klaasen, said.

The Mpumalanga department of education has also struggled to place pupils, but has made plans to ensure all pupils are in class by Friday, according to spokesperson Jasper Zwane.

“We don’t have exact figures, but there definitely is a waiting list. We have worked around the clock and have supplied some schools with mobile classrooms,” said Zwane. — News24

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Parktown Boys’ High principal fired for tragic death of Enoch Mpianzi

Malcolm Williams was found to have sent schoolboys on an unauthorised trip and failed to ensure the correct roll-call procedures were followed

Teacher union to join Cosatu strike over ‘uncaring employer’

Sadtu has accused the state of being an “uncaring employer” for failing to pay salary increases due two years ago

The girl who fell out of school

The Free State education department and a special needs school have failed to enrol a pupil in class despite a court ordering them to do so

The PPE scandal that the Treasury hasn’t touched

Many government officials have been talking tough about dealing with rampant corruption in PPE procurement but the majority won't even release names of who has benefited from the R10-billion spend

ANC still at odds over how to tackle leaders facing serious graft allegations

The ANC’s top six has been mandated to work closely with its integrity committee to tackle claims of corruption against senior party members

Teacher unions know their power — and how to use it

After unions demanded that schools be closed this week, the department has said it is the cabinet’s prerogative to decide whether schools should close

Subscribers only

SAA bailout raises more questions

As the government continues to grapple with the troubles facing the airline, it would do well to keep on eye on the impending Denel implosion

ANC’s rogue deployees revealed

Despite 6 300 ANC cadres working in government, the party’s integrity committee has done little to deal with its accused members

More top stories

Finance probe into the Ingonyama Trust Board goes ahead

The threat of legal action from ITB chairperson Jerome Ngwenya fails to halt forensic audit ordered by the land reform minister

Ailing Far East Rand hospital purchases ‘vanity’ furniture

Dr Zacharia Mathaba, who purchased the furniture, is a suspected overtime fraudster and was appointed as Gauteng hospital chief executive despite facing serious disciplinary charges

Eusebius McKaiser: Reject the dichotomy of political horrors

Senekal shows us that we must make a stand against the loud voice of the populist EFF and racist rightwingers

Seals abort pups in mass die-off

There are a number of factors — a pollutant, virus or bacteria or malnutrition — may have caused the 12 000 deaths on Namibia’s coast

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…

The best local and international journalism

handpicked and in your inbox every weekday