The new school year begins tomorrow in Gauteng, yet there are thousands of grade one learners who still need to be placed in schools.
Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education, says that it has been a difficult task, but they are hoping all learners will be placed in schools by mid-February 2018.
I think by February I will be in a position to [resolve this]. It's too hectic, we have the problem of choice, but when we resolve some of the challenges that we have, I think all learners will be placed by mid February.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for Education
He adds that it regrettable that some learners will miss a few days of schooling due to insufficient placements.
Another controversy facing the department of education is the court ruling that accused the education department of intimidating principals when it comes to placing learners in their school. This was part of the High Court ruling prohibiting the placement of 55 English-speaking learners at Höerskool Overvaal in Vereeniging.
On this matter, Lesufi, say they are already looking into what the judge has said. There are discrepancies with what these two principals in the case said, he adds.
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