The Democratic Alliance (DA) is urging the Gauteng Department of Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi to finalise online admission placement for Grade 1 and 8 before schools close to ensure that no learner misses a day of schooling when the 2022 academic year begins.
Failure by the department to allocate schools to learners before the school closes for this year will result in uncertainty as not all learners will be placed on time. Based on previous experience, delays in placement have had a huge impact on the future of children, where many learners across the province have missed months of schooling due to late placement.
The DA had cautioned the department to open the online admission process early so that they can finalise all placements before the end of November. It is important that this process is done to ensure proper planning for both parents and schools in preparing for the new academic year.
The DA believes that the department must use the current applications to provide additional resources to schools. This includes amongst others, recruiting more teachers, providing additional classrooms, building new schools, and delivery of LTSM.
While the DA supports online admission because it saves time for parents and schools, however, the current process is not transparent and raises many questions instead of offering solutions.
We demand that the online admission system must be reviewed as it takes away parental choice and creates uncertainty amongst parents as they are not sure whether their children will be placed or not.
Many learners across the province have lost out due to rotational learning and teaching, this will continue again next year as many learners are still waiting to be allocated schools. I have been inundated with calls from parents complaining that they are either not offered the school of their choice or they have not yet received any feedback from the department.
The department must finalise the placement of learners before schools close for the 2021 academic year to avoid any further disruption of learning and teaching in January and February next year.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is urging all parents and guardians to submit their child’s online application to secure their placement for the 2022 academic year before the end of today to ensure that they do not miss a day of schooling when the new academic year begins.
Today, Friday, 8th October is the deadline for the GDE phase 2 of the online admission application for Grade 1 and 8 for the 2022 academic year.
We urge parents not to miss this last opportunity but use it to apply and chose their preferred school for their children. Parents who are facing difficulties with their applications and those who do not have internet access should go to their nearest Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) regional office to seek assistance.
Failure to apply on time by parents in the past has had a huge negative impact on the future of the children, where many learners across the province have missed months of schooling due to late applications waiting to be allocated to a school. This has also resulted in learners being placed in schools that have not been chosen by their parents. In most cases, parents choose schools based on their home language, but the child ends up being placed in a school that does not offer their home language which affects their academic progress.
The DA will continue to monitor the processing of the online applications to ensure that all parents who applied on time receive SMS notifications about placement offers. Those who will not receive the SMS notifications should report the matter to their nearest GDE regional offices for clarifications. We will ensure that children who applied on time are prioritized, and we will not allow our children to suffer and be denied access to education because of the department’s incompetency.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is calling on the Gauteng Department of Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi to open the online admission for the 2022 academic year in April this year. The finalisation of all placements should be concluded in October this year.
By moving the online admission earlier, this will provide parents with parental choice to select the schools they want for their children, and ensure they have enough time in doing so. It will also afford the department enough time to plan and ensure that all learners are allocated schools before the start of the 2022 academic year.
The online admission must be used to assist the department with planning and budget allocation.
Currently, there are more than 600 learners who have not yet been allocated schools. These learners are dangerously falling behind in the curriculum and have been denied their right to access to basic education.
The department has failed to use the online application system to plan for placement for the 2021 academic year, as the process was done very late.
Further to this, the department failed to spend more than R1.3 billion in the 2019/20 financial year.
This money could have been used to build more new schools in high demand areas where there are new housing developments, and help ease classroom overcrowding in existing schools.
The department has no excuse to return any portion of their budget to Treasury, as there are many areas of concern that require urgent funding.
The department must provide the necessary resources to schools before the start of the 2022 academic year, so that learning and teaching will not be disrupted like it has in years before.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is calling on the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi to ensure that the online admission placement process for Grades 1 and 8 for the 2021 academic year is finalised by the end of November 2020.
The Gauteng Admission Online Applications period for Grades 1 and 8 learners for the 2021 academic year was closed on 25 July 2020.
This follows last year’s disastrous experience where many parents applied online for their children for Grades 1 and 8 and had not secured school placement timeously.
It is important that the online admission placement process is finalised by the end of November 2020 to give both parents and schools enough time to prepare for the 2021 academic year.
The DA believes that the department should use the current applications as an indicator for the need for additional resources for schools such as recruiting more teachers, providing additional classrooms, building new schools and delivery of LTSM.
The department should avoid last minute interventions which results in the disruption of learning and teaching in January and February each academic year.
The DA supports the online admission process and, if it is properly managed, will help to save time for both parents and schools and prevent unnecessary long queues and also increase transparency.
The department must fix all the glitches and communicate with all parents who applied on time. The DA will table further questions to MEC Lesufi at the next Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s Education Portfolio Committee meeting to ascertain the progress made to date with regards to the online admission placement process.
The DA in Gauteng wishes all the learners best of luck for the 2016 academic year.
Education is key to unlock the talent and potential of many young people in order to lead a good quality life.
The class of 2016 must be prepared to give it their all and excel in academics and extra-curricular activities.
The DA will conduct school visits in the province focusing on school infrastructure, school readiness, text books, school furniture, learner-educator ratio, enrolment backlog and the support from districts.
Gauteng learners should never accept mediocre services like sharing a chair, learning without text books, eating unhealthy food and using unclean and blocked toilets.
The DA’s plan is to ensure that all schools have conducive learning and teaching environments. Both learners and teachers must be committed to excellent performance in all grades.
All issues which have a negative impact on the provision of quality basic education will be referred to the MEC’s attention.
The DA is committed to work with the MEC and department of education to improve quality basic education in the province.
The DA will hold MEC Lesufi accountable in delivering quality education, removing all barriers to access and to redress inequalities in our education system.
We encourage the MEC to implement innovative methods of learning and teaching to achieve the best results.
Gauteng must meet expectations from residents to champion economic growth, job creation and attract more investment to fight poverty and unemployment, through an improved education system in the province.
Khume Ramulifho, MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education
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