As public schools open today for the 2021 academic year, it is reported that over 25,000 pupils have still not been placed in a school. Desperate parents are awaiting details of placement as others are dropping of their children to start the new school year.
The Western Cape and Limpopo account for most unplaced pupils in grades 1 and 8. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Sunday announced that schools across the country were ready to welcome pupils after a two-week delay, due to the second wave of the coronavirus. Hundreds of thousands of pupils return to the classroom today, while it’s a frustrating start for some parents who have children not yet placed in a school.
Motshekga said that many parents opted to reach out to her directly out of desperation.
“That showed me that parents are getting restless and desperate when they don’t have confirmation for admission.”
According to the minister the provinces were working to assist parents whose children are still without a school.
“We’ve requested provinces to hold press conferences to update parents about the backlogs of school admissions.”
In Gauteng, at least 2,400 pupils are yet to placed in a school and provincial Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi promised that his department would finalise all placement issues by the end of the month.