Source: Gauteng Education on Twitter @EducationGP
“This is an important landmark as this new school replaces an old asbestos school, thereby reducing the number of schools built of inappropriate materials, further committing ourselves to work towards the eradication of these inappropriate structures.
“We believe that all has been done to ensure a smooth start to the first day of school – that learning and teaching starts without any hindrance,” the Gauteng provincial government said in a statement.
In addition, Members of the Executive Council (MECs) will be deployed to various schools across the province to oversee the smooth running of the first day of schools.
They will assess conditions in each of the schools to which they are deployed as well as consult with communities.
The provincial department of education hosted an Admission Open Day this past weekend at various decentralised venues (in districts) to address the backlog of the 31,000 unplaced learners and to attend to all other admissions related queries.
“We appreciate parents who visited the centres for assistance and assure them that the department is doing everything possible to place all unplaced learners. We appeal for patience and cooperation in the interest of learners,” the provincial government said.
As total of 2,565 of the 31,000 learners have been placed. Additionally a total of 4,500 new applications have been received since Saturday.
“Unplanned financial implications of admitting late applicants are substantial. Additional funding will have to be found to finance educator salaries, additional classrooms, learning and teaching support materials and school furniture. Procurement processes are also not instant but can take weeks to complete,” the provincial government said.
Parents that still have admission queries in relation to Grade 1 and 8 are advised to visit the admission centres. The centres will continue to operate until the end of January.
The Gauteng Department of Education has opted to begin early with preparations for the National Senior Certificate in order to improve overall performance compared to 2017. The following interventions will be implemented by the department:
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