Number of Gauteng pupils awaiting placement in schools drops from 1 394 to 517 | TBEN


Currently, 823 additional students have been placed since the department’s last update earlier this week.

  • Gauteng’s education department has managed to place an additional 823 children in schools.
  • The number of children still to be placed has fallen from 1,394 to 571.
  • The department said it would work around the clock to place more children.

The Gauteng Education Department continues to place more students in schools across the province.

At this point, 823 more have been posted since the department’s last update earlier this week.

That brings the total number of unplaced students to 571, out of 1,394, department spokesman Steve Mabona said Friday afternoon.

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A total of 97 pupils from group 1 and 474 pupils from group 8 still have to be placed.

Mabona praised the online admission system, which enabled the placement of more than 291,574 students in the province.

“Placement challenges within our identified high-pressure areas – where certain schools received far greater numbers of applications than the number of students they can accommodate – are being addressed through a variety of interventions that will ensure that all students are placed,” he said.

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Mabona added that the department would build satellite schools in high-pressure areas, which would be considered an extension of the high-pressure schools that would be built off-site or in a geographic area not far from the main school.

“In Johannesburg West we have already built a satellite school for Florida High School, which means we will continue to place students in that school.” The same goes for Tshwane West, where two satellite schools are currently under construction – Theresapark Primary School No 2 and Theresapark Secondary School.

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“In Ekurhuleni, especially in Kempton Park, high-pressure schools will use specialized spaces to teach, and these have contributed significantly to increasing capacity.”

He said Olifantsfontein Primary School would be helped with the provision of more mobile classrooms to accommodate all unplaced pupils there.

“Parents wishing to sign up for other classes outside 1st and 8th grade are strongly encouraged to visit their nearest GDE [Gauteng Department of Education] district office after our 10-day staffing on January 24, 2023.”