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NC dept plans academic recovery plan for unplaced pupils

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Northern Cape Department of Education still working on placing pupils.

File picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education will introduce an academic recovery plan for pupils who still needs to be placed in school, so that they can catch up on lost learning time.

Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said on Monday that the department has made “major strides” in the finalisation of the pupil placement process.

“The department has made major strides over the past couple of weeks to finalise the placement of learners seeking space at public ordinary schools. The situation has drastically improved, particularly in the Frances Baard District, with the exception of a few unplaced learners,” said Van der Merwe.

He added that the department is currently processing late applications.

“The district received 2,529 late admissions applications, of which 1,000 were walk-in applications. Most of the public ordinary schools have reached their maximum capacity in terms of the number of learners they can accommodate.”

Van der Merwe said the department is working on efforts to accommodate the pupils who are still in need of placement. “Our distinct office is continuing to engage with schools to create additional classrooms and school spaces.

“Parental preference is also delaying the placement of learners at certain ‘hot-spot’ schools, specifically in Kimberley,” Van der Merwe added.

He assured parents that the department will finalise pupil admissions during the course of the week.