FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi (centre) briefs media on his department’s readiness for the 2017 academic year. Picture: Twitter/@EducationGP.
  • Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi
  • MEC Panyaza Lesufi

JOHANNESBURG – The Gauteng Education Department says it has drastically reduced the number of learners without placement for schooling next year from 72,000 to 45,000 but this still leaves close to 27,000 learners without a school.

The MEC says that despite their efforts, he anticipates the situation to worsen next year when parents who didn’t apply this year request placements for 2017.

Panyaza Lesufi says parents who did not apply on time and intend to request placements for their children next year are only adding to the burden schools are already facing.

“But those that are going to apply for the first time at the beginning of 2017 academic year, they must know it’s going to be uphill and it’s going to be a struggle.”

Lesufi says they will only be attending to those who are currently on the waiting list.

“They must not panic, we’re going to attend to all of them, that’s why we’ve reduced that list to almost 45,000.”

Meanwhile, the Basic Education Department says increased migration to Gauteng and the Western Cape is to blame for the high number of school pupils not yet placed.