Open day addresses backlog of 31 000 pupils
January 17, 2018
Westbury, Johannesburg: Learners took their first step back to school for 2018 today.
An Admission Open Day was hosted by the provincial department of education in Gauteng this past weekend at various decentralised venues (in districts) to address the backlog of the 31 000 unplaced learners and to attend to all other admissions related queries.
“We appreciate parents who visited the centres for assistance and assure them that the department is doing everything possible to place all unplaced learners. We appeal for patience and cooperation in the interest of learners,” the provincial government said.
As a result, a total of 2 565 of the 31 000 learners have been enrolled. Additionally a total of 4 500 new applications were reported to have been received since Saturday.
"Unplanned financial implications of admitting late applicants are substantial. Additional funding will have to be found to finance educator salaries, additional classrooms, learning and teaching support materials and school furniture. Procurement processes are also not instant but can take weeks to complete," the provincial government said.
Parents that still have admission queries relating to Grade one and eight have been advised to visit the admission centres that will continue to operate until the end of January.
Preparations for the class of 2018
The department emphasised that prepeations for the National Senior Certificate 2018 were to begin early in order to improve overall performance compared to 2017.
The department said it will ensure lessons are uninterrupted so that most of the curriculum can be covered during normal contact time. Supplementary lessons and tuition will also be offered as part of the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP) and the Head of Department (HOD) will conduct a series of meetings to support schools performing below 60%, as part of our ongoing effort to provide support and uplift poor performing schools.
The department also remarked that all districts will be required to submit intervention plans in order to monitor and support all schools across the province .
Members of the Executive Council (MECs) were also deployed to various schools across the province to oversee the smooth running of the first day of schools. And to assess conditions in each of the schools to which they are deployed as well as consult with communities.