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School placement “almost complete” – department

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The department said that 90 percent of parents had received offers for placement for the 2021 academic school year.

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THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education said that 90 percent of parents had received offers for placement for the 2021 academic school year.

Spokesperson for the Department of Education Geoffrey van der Merwe on Saturday January 9, said officials were working around the clock to finalise the admission process.

“Our district offices have made good progress in issuing offers for placement based on the application that was submitted.”

He requested parents to accept or decline the offers for placement within the seven day window period.

“Failure to do so, will result in the department placing your child. Parents who have not yet received a placement offer, must remain patient, as they will receive an SMS soon. Our walk-in centres in all districts will assist parents to finalise their admission application. Anyone visiting the walk-in centres are reminded to wear their masks, sanitse their hands and maintain social distancing.”

He stated that a significant number of parents had unnecessarily applied for school space for the next grade, while pupils would be automatically progressed to the next grade.

“These parents will receive an unsuccessful SMS from the department, indicating that his/her application was unsuccessful. Parents who have applied at the same school for the next grade, can ignore the unsuccessful SMS and will not need to submit an appeal.”

Van der Merwe indicated that no school hopping would be allowed, unless a pupil was relocating to the Northern Cape from another province or if their parents relocated from one area to another for work purposes.

He advised parents to make use of early childhood development community-based centres, if their children had not secured placing yet, as there was limited space for Grade R pupils at public schools.