Online placements:You can't deny child access to education because of race - DBE

The schools' admission placement period in Gauteng has been extended to the end of this month.

This is after parents queued outside the Gauteng Education Department district offices, wanting to have their children placed in schools of their choice over the weekend.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Sunday said they were fully aware of the disruptions at district offices and apologised to parents.

RELATED: 75 000 pupils from Grade 1- 8 for the 2019 academic year have been placed

Chantell, a caller to the 702 Breakfast show, explains she has two children and says her seven-year-old couldn't be placed in a school in 2018 and she is being told that her six-year-old cannot be placed this year.

Bongani Bingwa chats to department spokesperson Steve Mabona for more insight into the matter.

Mabona says he has been in contact with the parent and told her that the matter must be escalated.

I said to her that we would then have to escalate this matter to the district director. Later I interacted with the district director and told them about the allegations that have been made. The district director confirmed that he spoke to the parent and her his numbers so they can interact further so the matter can be resolved.

Steve Mabona, Spokesperson - DBE

Mabona says no school can say that it is not accepting pupils because they belong to a certain race.

When we introduced the online system, we had admission regulations which were very clear. Anything that discriminates on race, ethnicity or religion are null in void. You can't deny a child access to education because of race.

Steve Mabona, Spokesperson - DBE

He says the process to resolve Chantell's matter has commenced.

We really are apologising for the situation that parents were exposed to yesterday, it is uncalled for.

Steve Mabona, Spokesperson - DBE

Listen below to the full conversation:


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