Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has urged parents of school pupils who have not yet been placed or accepted in schools for this year to visit the department’s district offices on January 13 or 14 to help allocate their children to schools.
The parents of about 17 000 pupils had applied on time, but their preferred schools were already full.
About 31 000 pupils still needed to be allocated to schools by the end of the month, he told journalists in Johannesburg yesterday.
“The majority of parents did not accept their second and third options. If those are not taken on the 17th [of January], all placements will fall off if they are not accepted.
“If you have not applied in 2017, you must know that there are 31 000 pupils that need to be placed before you. We will take your information and update you daily on openings,” Lesufi said.
The department also intended taking a specific school to court for allowing Afrikaans-speaking pupils to jump the queue over non-Afrikaans-speaking pupils, because this was purportedly unconstitutional.
It was also possible that newcomers to Gauteng would not find a school for their children due to the high volume of pupils already in the province.
A number of schools damaged during the recent storm or in break-ins during the festive season would also not be able to open their doors on time.