The IFP in Gauteng has also called on the department to review its online application system and identify where challenges are with it to correct these before it becomes a crisis in January 2019.
According to the the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in Gauteng a total of fifty-four thousand learners in the province have not yet been placed in schools for next year’s enrolment, even with the deadline set for 31 October 2018.
“The IFP is seriously concerned that it took this long for the department to realise the gravity of the situation and finally begin to communicate with parents vigorously through the media even though being fully aware of this backlog at an earlier time”, said the party’s Bonginkosi Dhlamini.
The party has called on Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi to table a plan on how his department plans to place all these learners by the end of month. Applications opened in April 2018.
However Lesufi has assured parents that children entering Grades 1 and 8 will be placed in the province’s schools by the end of October 2018.
Dhlamini also added that: “While we acknowledge that it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that leaners are registered, and the proper documents are submitted online. We also believe that it is equally the responsibility of the department to ensure that parents are actively engaged to make sure that learners are registered in time”
“It shouldn’t take more than 3 months for learners to know their fate and start preparing accordingly.”