The South African Democratic Teachers Union reportedly made a call for better planning in Western Cape for the placement of learners in the province. This came as the union sought ways of helping solve the issue of placements which is always hitting the province on a yearly basis.
The call was also joined by Congress of South African Students , which also criticised the Western Cape Education Department for not being able to place some pupils. In accordance with the report, even though schools were opened in the province last week , there are still hundreds of pupils who are not placed. Jonovan Rustin , who is the Western Cape chairperson for the South African Democratic Teachers Union said that there had to be an educational plan that would include making discussions with the different organizations .He added that there was need to identify areas of growth to enable proper planning. Knowledge on the areas of growth will enable the department to identify areas that need infrastructure development. COSAS on the other hand also expressed concerns over the learners who were still not placed.
The Congress went on and blamed the online system for not working efficiently. It was alleged that the online system was the one that made rejections by mistake.The issue of placements remains an issue even in the rest of the provinces.The department should consider reverting to letting the schools do the placement of learners. When schools are allowed to do placements, it becomes easy for parents to apply for places in schools that will be nearer to them .On the other hand , infrastructure is to blame for the the issues regarding placements. If more funds are availed for schools to be built , placement issues then become a thing of the past.The alleged Budget cut for the Department of Basic Education by Treasury is doing harm than good.
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