'We requested postponement because online system didn't reveal correct results'

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi announced at a Monday press briefing that online school registrations have been postponed by a week.

The postponement follows objections by school governing bodies including AfriForum, the Federation of Governing Bodies of South Africa (Fedsas) and Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwyser Unie (Saou)that they don't want language policies to change in the proposed ways the DBE has offered.

Read: Gauteng school registration: 'Parents don't have to panic' says Lesufi

To discuss the postponement, Nickolaus Bauer on the Xolani Gwala Show, chats to Fedsas education technology manager Riaan van der Bergh.

There was a crisis a week ago when we tested the system. The system didn't reveal the correct results when you compared them to what the regulation states. There is a lot of changes in the system, number one, new feeder zones were promulgated at the end of last year - middle March new admission regulations were gazetted and published.

Riaan van der Bergh, Education technology manager - Fedsas

He adds that the online system needed to make provisions for all those changes and reveal the correct results for parents to apply online.

We requested a postponement, not because of any other reason but a technical reason that the system didn't reveal the correct results.

Riaan van der Bergh, Education technology manager - Fedsas

Van der Bergh says the feeder zone exercise was an instruction from the ConCourt to the MEC in 2016 that each school should determine its feeder zone with specific rules and regulations.

It was a two-and-half-year process to demarcate a specific feeder zone around the school, and that was the MEC's job - that was the regulation promulgated. So, each school has a feeder zone, and priority placements of pupils in that feeder zone to that school will take place.

Riaan van der Bergh, Education technology manager - Fedsas

He says the narrative in Gauteng is that there are not enough schools in the areas where people live.

Last year with the opening of the online registrations, 50% of the schools were full and oversubscribed within the first three days which means that anyone can apply from anywhere in the province to any school. The problem comes with placement if the school doesn't have enough capacity for everyone that applied, then there is a problem.

Riaan van der Bergh, Education technology manager - Fedsas

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