The schools located in coastal provinces opened their doors to the learners on the 19th of January 2022.It has been a couple of days since the schools opened, but it is still the same for some learners who are unplaced. It was reportedly confirmed by the Western Cape Education Department that there were more than 3000 pupils that were not yet placed in schools. The Western Cape Standing Committee on Education was reportedly informed of this development on Tuesday.
Achie Lewis , from the Western Cape Education informed that while applications that were submitted on time were decreasing, the late applications were on an increase. Some parents reportedly submitted their applications physically in 2021 .Since the applications were made during examinations, it was reported they they could only be looked at this year.The issue of placements in South African schools will remain a concern for a long time to come. It is worrying that even if applications are submitted on time by parents, some are not placed on time for various reasons. Some are get placed in schools they would not have applied for .
Some parents relocate to new provinces every new year , hence contributing to new late applications. Looking at the Western Cape Education Department and the thousands that are not yet placed , the first step is to identify the root of the people. Thousands have not been placed because not schools are full.Capacity seems to be the major issue affecting schools in Western Cape and the rest of the country. Therefore the solution lies in building more schools and classrooms .The unplaced learners is an indication of the need for more classrooms to be built. It is unfair that as school days are passing by on a daily basis, some children are still hoping to get placed. The question is when the placements of the thousands will take place and whether the Western Cape Education Department is taking any action to increase schools' capacities.
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