The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says that 4 880 pupils still need to be placed in public schools across the province.
The WCED's Jessica Shelver says 3 000 of the unplaced learners are an influx of new children from outside of the province.
Shelver explains that the department also expects another influx of learners after the first weekend of February, as per annual trends.
Grade 1 and grade 8 make up the highest number pupils of needing placement.
Of those 4 880, are 3 000 new learners that have just arrived in the province.— Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson
In the first week of January, the department had around 11 200 pupils that had not been placed for the academic year.
Take a listen to the WCED official explain:
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