It is not all joy for some parents and their bundle of joy this first day of the 2020 academic year.
Parents are sharing their frustrations over the lack of placements for their children and how some have been placed in undesired schools.
On Tuesday, Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi said he expected over 99% of grade 1 and 8 pupils who applied on time through the online application system to be in class on Wednesday morning.
However, callers on the Eusebius McKaiser Show open line share their frustrations of not being placed.
My little boy is looking forward to grade 1 but is sitting at home today doing nothing because he hasn't been placed. I applied on the very first day applications opened and uploaded documents the second day. We live in the area, he has siblings in the school and I still haven't received positive feedback till today. On Monday we went to Roosevelt High to meet with the coordinator for Johannesburg North. I was in line for six hours and we didn't get answers. There were only black, coloured and Indian parents only.— Thembi, Caller
We are not playing a race-card issue here, this is the truth. You find that when you go to these districts you will only find us blacks, coloureds and Indians who have issues. You find that you stay in a certain area and the department will place you far while the white people you stay around with are placed in those schools.— Molefe, Caller
Meanwhile, John says the online system works but the mistake was to give the allocation of spaces to the districts.
There was a point in time where a friend of mine had to pay money to get space. Initially, he didn't get it and he went to the district and they told him to pay and they allocated the child.— John, Caller
I applied to three schools and we got placed at an Afrikaans school just 10 kilometres from our house. We rejected the placement and they had to call me and my wife to beg us to accept the offer. That is why you cannot find white parents frustrated because their numbers are so low. They have ample space and their schools accommodate them easily.— James, Callers
Pholelo says she is driving around to try and find space for her child.
They keep telling me I am outside of the feeder zone but I am 2.8km away and they are giving me a school that is 9km away. I applied in May and only in October they told me that my children didn't get the space. I am still trying to find space now.— Pholelo, Caller
#backtoschool— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) January 15, 2020
Frustrated parents are waiting at the Johannesburg Central District for Education. The line snakes all the way around the premises as parents wait to be assisted with various issues, the main issue being pupil placements. KYM pic.twitter.com/3D06eGNlgd
@Eusebius I just want to know if any white parents have been allocated to township school? They may have not accepted the offer. Is a white kid in Roodepoort been given an offer in Braamfisherville?— @Kleo25 (@karaboleopeng) January 15, 2020
Listen to the full interview below...