The Gauteng Education Department on Sunday said at least 53,000 pupils had not returned to school since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are the people that took the department to court, these are the people that said the academic year must not continue. We believe 53,000 learners listened to these reckless leaders,
who some of them have failed as priests and politicians and felt that they can use the education space to propel their image and these are the people that must be held responsible.”
Lesufi said officials would determine why these pupils failed to return to school.
“As a department, we felt that we can’t just accept that they are not coming back, we going to trace them and speak to them so that the schools can also assist us in identifying where these learners reside
and hopefully persuade them to come back at the beginning of 2021. But, the reality is, if they were not in class then they have to repeat their grades.”
LESUFI: AT LEAST 40K GRADE 1-8 APPLICANTS IN GAUTENG NOT YET ALLOCATED A SCHOOL
The Gauteng Education Department on Sunday said at least 40,000 applicants for grade 1 and 8 have not been allocated a school for the 2021 academic year. Disappear from school
Disappear from school, Over 1000 of SA learners reported Missing ,Education MEC Panayza Lesufi said out of the 220,000 applications received, only 181,000 have been approved.
The MEC said 280 schools across the province have reached capacity. Lesufi said the department was facing a challenge of a high number of pupils and not enough classrooms.
“Currently, 280 of our schools are full and there is nothing we can do. Of the 280 schools that are full, 144 are primary schools and 136 are high schools and are in the following areas; Benoni, Alberton, Johannesburg South, Lenasia, Roodepoort, Centurion.”
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