GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - It has been almost two weeks since the new school year started on 15 February and the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has conducted a 10-day snap survey to assist with placement issues.
WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond says there are currently 259 learners who have not been placed at schools in the Eden and Central Karoo District. This includes 112 Grade 8s and 72 Grade 1 learners who are still waiting to be placed.
This new data it will help the department to determine which schools still have spaces open. “Schools could not officially deregister a child from their system until after 10 days,” said Hammond. “So we will consider the data before us and contact schools should we see any major gaps.”
They expect schools will start contacting parents whose children are still on the waiting lists, as spaces have opened up because of deregistration.
Next, says Hammond, they will look at applications for additional teaching posts as a result of growth. “The approval of these posts could also assist with placement.”
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