The Gauteng Department of Education says all Grade 1 & 8 pupils have been allocated space across the province, which means the 2022 academic year can go ahead as planned with no further interruptions, hopefully.
The start of the school year got off to a rocky start as for many pupils and parents, particularly in Gauteng because they hadn’t been allocated schools, some despite having applied on time. Frustrated parents lined up outside district offices across the province, in a bid to get the matter resolved.
Those who submitted late applications were however assisted, something which parents awaiting space took issue with.
“Since the opening of the Late Applications on 12 January 2022, we have placed a total of 25 448 learners. It must be noted that these learners were placed at schools with available space, and they therefore received immediate placement at respective schools,” said Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona.
Gauteng Education says it received a total of 347 216 applications under the 2022 Online Admissions for Grades 1 and 8. The department says 321 768 applicants had submitted their proof of residence and other required documentation to enable the department to facilitate their placements. As a result, a total of 129 779 Grade 1 learners and 191 989 Grade 8 learners were successfully placed.
“Parents and guardians that continue visiting our district offices to apply for inner grades (Grade 2 – 7 and Grade 9-11) were previously not accommodated due to many schools having underwent the regulatory 10-day headcount. However, our districts are currently interacting with the relevant schools to try and accommodate all those who are applying for inner grades”Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona
The department has also urged parents who need assistance with their applications to avoid visiting their offices and instead go to their district offices instead.